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My dad is deathly allergic to bees and wasps but I've never been stung by either. if don't want to find out the hard way. also are allergies genetic? Could I be deathly allergic to bee stings too?

My dad is deathly allergic to bees and wasps but I've never been stung by either. if don't want to find out the hard way. also are allergies genetic? Could I be deathly allergic to bee stings too?

Possibly: Severe allergy to a single thing such as bee stings is not necessarily familial/genetic, but certain families DO have the tendency to be hypersensitive to things (leading to asthma, allergies and eczema). Blood tests are available to see if you also have this tendency towards severe reactions. Ask you doctor about testing for hymenoptera allergies, to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more

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What to do for a allergic reaction from a bee sting?

What to do for a allergic reaction from a bee sting?

Venom anaphylaxis : If you had an immediate reaction other than at the site of the sting such as hives, breathing, consciousness, blood pressure, gastrointestinal, or heart problems you orobably had insect anaphylaxis. That is an acute, potentially life threatening immediate reaction. You probably need an auto-injector with epinephrine, information about sting avoidance and evaluated by a bc allergist for venom it. ...Read more

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Treating Bee Stings (Checklist)

Apply a cold pack to the sting
10 min, Once for 1 Days
Take an antihistamine
Once
If difficulty breathing, throat tight, or generalized hives, go to ER
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Any such thing as a delayed allergic reaction to a bee sting?

Any such thing as a delayed allergic reaction to a bee sting?

Bee sting allergy: Venom does not cause a delayed reaction, it causes an immediate reaction. What you have is undoubtedly an infection. Whether it is an infection that requires medical treatment, or one that you could treat yourself by applying a topical disinfectant like tincture of iodine. If a reaction continues see you local doctor. ...Read more

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Could you ever have an allergic reaction to a bee sting several days after a sting?

Could you ever have an allergic reaction to a bee sting several days after a sting?

Yes, differ manifest: Immediate reactions, ige antibody mediated, are the ones associate with dangerous anaphylaxis (airway obstruction, blood pressure drop, wheezing , hives). Delayed reactions tend to behave differently and have different mechanisms. They tend to be more likely rashes, delayed swellings. Sometimes there are fevers, joint aches but these resolve over time. ...Read more

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Treating Bee Stings (Checklist)

Remove the stinger
Once
If red around area, take Benadryl, consider an ER visit
Once
If having breathing problems, call 911, and go to ER
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What to do if I have an allergic reaction from a bee sting any home remedies for a cure?

Papain: Mix vinegar, baking soda, and meat tenderizer into a paste. Meat tenderizer contains an enzyme called papain that can break down toxins in bee venom. ...Read more

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Treating Insect Bites (Checklist)

Apply ice to bites
Once
Use topical corticosteroid cream on itchy bites
Daily
Seek medical attention if symptoms of shock develop
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I had an allergic reaction to a bee sting years ago and suffered allergic shock. What precautions should I take?

I had an allergic reaction to a bee sting years ago and suffered allergic shock. What precautions should I take?

Insect sting allergy: In case of anaphylaxis reaction to insect sting, you should have the diagnosis confirmed by either blood or skin testing to the suspected insects. Preferably testing should be done 6 weeks after an allergic reaction. If the diagnosis is confirmed, you should be on allergy injection for that insect venom for desensitization. You should carry an epipen, Benadryl as emergency treatment. ...Read more

Insect Sting (Definition)

A insect sting results in an injection by a specifically designed structure of an organism and usually contains chemicals that can cause all sorts of responses, some toxic. Whereas a bite can also contain chemicals which cause all sorts of reactions but comes from the mouth parts which may be fangs or other teeth or large mandible components or simply be part of the ...Read more

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Bee Sting (Definition)

A bee sting is when you are stung by a bee. Not meant to sound sarcastic. The bee inserts a tiny stinger into your skin. This can release venom per say and can introduce bacteria into the skin which can cause an infection. Some people are highly allergic to bee stings and can develop serious and even deadly reactions. Not meant to scare you but this can be serious. Please ...Read more

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