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Dr. Thomas Klein
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Honey Bee Allergy (Overview)

A honey bee is a type of venomous stinging insect. Allergy to it's sting can cause itching all over body), hives, swelling, difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing, nausea/vomiting, low blood pressure, and passing out. If you have ever had any of these symptoms after being stung, see an allergist for further evaluation. If itching or swelling just localized to sting - likely not allergy.


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Can my bee allergy be passed to my kids?

Can my bee allergy be passed to my kids?

Not at all likely: Parents who are allergic can pass on the tendency to make allergic antibodies (ige) but not allergies to specific substances, e, g. Foods, medications, bee venom, etc. Studies show that allergy to bee venom is not more common in individuals who have pollen or other inhalant allergies. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Klein
5 Doctors shared insights

Honey Bee Allergy (Overview)

A honey bee is a type of venomous stinging insect. Allergy to it's sting can cause itching all over body), hives, swelling, difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing, nausea/vomiting, low blood pressure, and passing out. If you have ever had any of these symptoms after being stung, see an allergist for further evaluation. If itching or swelling just localized to sting - likely not allergy.


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Bee allergy question? What are symptoms?

Bee allergy question? What are symptoms?

Swelling, pain: Skin redness and heat. In severe cases, wheezing nausea vomiting shock death. ...Read more

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Treating Bee Stings (Checklist)

Apply a cold pack to the sting
Once
Take an antihistamine
Once
If you can't breathe, your throat is tight, or you have hives, go to the emergency room
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How to diagnose a bee sting allergy in yourself?

How to diagnose a bee sting allergy in yourself?

Venom testing: If one has an allergic reaction to bee sting then venom skin testing and / or venom blood testing is indicated. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a mild bee allergy or a full blown one?

How to know if I have a mild bee allergy or a full blown one?

Depends on symptoms: We break this down into 2 types:
Localized reactions: contiguous with where the sting occurred (if on your arm and only your arm is swollen/itchy)

Systemic reactions: Multiple non-contiguous sites (your arm is stung and your leg is swollen) or other organs are involved (wheezing, throat swelling, hypotension etc.)

For systemic reactions or if you're not sure give Epinephrine immediately and 911 ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
once
Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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I was treated at ER for bee allergy wonder if that means my bee allergy is getting worse had dry mouth nausea itchy mouth.

I was treated at ER for bee allergy wonder if that means my bee allergy is getting worse had dry mouth nausea itchy mouth.

It can get worse: Every individual is different but in some cases each time you are stung you could have an increase in symptoms. In other people there is no difference and the symptoms are always the same. You can be tested by an allergist and given an epipen (epinephrine) script. The main symptoms to monitor for is shortness of breathing and the throat tightening down Be careful and if the symptoms seem to increase go ER ...Read more

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What do they do in the ER to treat a bee allergy? How soon should you go?

What do they do in the ER to treat a bee allergy? How soon should you go?

Depends on severity: Stinging insect allergy should be treated immediately with injectable Epinephrine as soon as possible in patients with a history of anaphylaxis to such stings. ...Read more

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How is a bee sting allergy treated?

How is a bee sting allergy treated?

Depends on type rxn: Oral antihistamines; topical anti-inflammatory creams/ointments like hydrocortisone/calamine/benadryl; oral steroids; and sometime Epinephrine via injection. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a honey bee sting on my finger and I have swelling as well as burning?

What is the treatment for a honey bee sting on my finger and I have swelling as well as burning?

Tx: Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin with a credit card. Clean with soap & warm water. Apply ice in 10 minute. Increments; alternating 10 on & 10 off. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water & apply. Or you can apply a meat tenderizer poultice to the area. Throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911. ...Read more

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How to get rid of leg swelling bit by a honey bee?

How to get rid of leg swelling bit by a honey bee?

Remove stinger ASAP: By scraping along edge of skin w credit card. Clean area w soap ; warm water. Apply ice in 10 min. Increments (10 on/10 off). Can try tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water ; apply. Need tetanus shot every 10 years. Throat, airway, mouth swelling or difficulty breathing? Call 911! ...Read more

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If you have bee sting allergy should you avoid hiking?

If you have bee sting allergy should you avoid hiking?

Not necessarily: Bee sting allergy is potentially very serious. Stings can occur anywhere and anytime. One needs to decide whether a particular activity is a reasonable to undertake given one's medical condition. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Honey bee allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Honey bee allergy?

Venomous insect: A honey bee is a type of venomous stinging insect. Allergy to it's sting can cause itching all over body), hives, swelling, difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing, nausea/vomiting, low blood pressure, and passing out. If you have ever had any of these symptoms after being stung, see an allergist for further evaluation. If itching or swelling just localized to sting - likely not allergy. ...Read more

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Bee allergy experts please! What kind of bee are you most likely allergic to?

Honeybee, bumblebee: The most common "bee" that causes allergy is the honeybee. Other stinging insects that cause allergic reactions include yellow jacket, wasp and hornet. ...Read more

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How is a bee sting allergy treated?

Depends on type rxn: Oral antihistamines; topical anti-inflammatory creams/ointments like hydrocortisone/calamine/benadryl; oral steroids; and sometime Epinephrine via injection. ...Read more

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How to diagnose a bee sting allergy in yourself?

Venom testing: If one has an allergic reaction to bee sting then venom skin testing and / or venom blood testing is indicated. ...Read more

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If you have bee sting allergy should you avoid hiking?

Not necessarily: Bee sting allergy is potentially very serious. Stings can occur anywhere and anytime. One needs to decide whether a particular activity is a reasonable to undertake given one's medical condition. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bee sting allergy?

What is the definition or description of: bee sting allergy?

Reaction on sting: A bee sting allergy is an immune response after being stung by a bee. An allergic reaction can also occur after being stung by a paper wasp, yellow jacket, yellow hornet, and white faced hornets. A reaction can include swelling, hives, cough, wheeze, nausea, belly pain, vomiting, fall in blood pressure and loss of consciousness. Blood and skin testing can diagnose this allergy. ...Read more

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How can you know if you have a bee sting allergy if you have never been stung?

One does not know: Bee sting allergy is diagnosed after an individual is stung, has an allergic reaction and skin testing and/or blood testing verifies the offending allergen. ...Read more

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Can my bee allergy be passed to my kids?

Not at all likely: Parents who are allergic can pass on the tendency to make allergic antibodies (ige) but not allergies to specific substances, e, g. Foods, medications, bee venom, etc. Studies show that allergy to bee venom is not more common in individuals who have pollen or other inhalant allergies. ...Read more

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Bee allergy question? What are symptoms?

Swelling, pain: Skin redness and heat. In severe cases, wheezing nausea vomiting shock death. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a mild bee allergy or a full blown one?

Depends on symptoms: We break this down into 2 types:
Localized reactions: contiguous with where the sting occurred (if on your arm and only your arm is swollen/itchy)

Systemic reactions: Multiple non-contiguous sites (your arm is stung and your leg is swollen) or other organs are involved (wheezing, throat swelling, hypotension etc.)

For systemic reactions or if you're not sure give Epinephrine immediately and 911 ...Read more

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Would a bee allergy happen within a few minutes of being stung?

Would a bee allergy happen within a few minutes of being stung?

Bee sting allergy: You can get an immidiate allergic responce and it can cause swelling of the larynx and you need Epinephrine injection, late resonce can be swelling, itching and rash at the site of sting and meds like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and local treatment will be enough. If you have known allergy to bee sting, you should carry Epipen at all times. ...Read more

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What should I do to address a bee allergy once I've been stung?

What should I do to address a bee allergy once I've been stung?

Depends: Depending upon the reaction to the sting there may be different treatments. Local reaction, while uncomfortable, can be treated conservatively. If one develops systemic symptoms, then allergy evaluation is warranted, venom immunotherapy may be considered and self injectable Epinephrine may be prescribed. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Bumble bee allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Bumble bee allergy?

Venom allergy: Stinging insects including bees often leaves local swelling, itching and/or pain at the stung site. Most people after a sting would develop allergic antibody to components of the venom but only a small percentage develop anaphylaxis to them (shock, breathing problem etc). Local reactions may be treated with antihistamine, anaphylactic reaction needs an allergy consult and EpiPen on hand. ...Read more

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What do they do in the ER to treat a bee allergy? How soon should you go?

Depends on severity: Stinging insect allergy should be treated immediately with injectable Epinephrine as soon as possible in patients with a history of anaphylaxis to such stings. ...Read more

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What can I do to take care of and remedy a bee sting allergy?

What can I do to take care of and remedy a bee sting allergy?

Bee sting allergy: The only cure is to get desensitized to bee venom by receiving venom desensitization from your board certified allergist. The treatment has a high success rate. Find a local allergist at aaaai. Org or acaai. Org. ...Read more

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How long does it last for a bee allergy to be clear? What are symptoms?

How long does it last for a bee allergy to be clear? What are symptoms?

Bee sting allergy: You can get an immidiate allergic responce and it can cause swelling of the larynx and you need Epinephrine injection, late resonce can be swelling, itching and rash at the site of sting and meds like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and local treatment will be enough. If you have known allergy to bee sting, you should carry Epipen at all times. It may clear in 48 to 72 hours. ...Read more

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I was treated at ER for bee allergy wonder if that means my bee allergy is getting worse had dry mouth nausea itchy mouth.

It can get worse: Every individual is different but in some cases each time you are stung you could have an increase in symptoms. In other people there is no difference and the symptoms are always the same. You can be tested by an allergist and given an epipen (epinephrine) script. The main symptoms to monitor for is shortness of breathing and the throat tightening down Be careful and if the symptoms seem to increase go ER ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bee Sting Allergy (Definition)

A bee sting allergy is an immune response after being stung by a bee. An allergic reaction can also occur after being stung by a paper wasp, yellow jacket, yellow hornet, and white faced hornets. A reaction can include swelling, hives, cough, wheeze, nausea, belly pain, vomiting, fall in blood pressure and loss of consciousness. Blood and skin testing ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
2,638 Doctors shared insights

Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more