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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

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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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Treating Bee Stings (Checklist)

Apply a cold pack to the sting
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Take an antihistamine
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If you can't breathe, your throat is tight, you have hives, go to ER
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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)

Get tested for food 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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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
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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