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Can i still take bee pollen or eat raw local honey if i'm allergic to bee stings?

Can i still take bee pollen or eat raw local honey if i'm allergic to bee stings?

Venom: Your deadly allergy is to the venom from a bee sting. That does not mean that you would be allergic to bee pollen or honey. If you are concerned about food allergies, an allergist would be the medical professional to see. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Chicken Allergy (Definition)

Chicken allergy is an immunologic reaction to consumption of chicken. Some children will have a condition known as food protein induced enterocolitis in which they developed delayed symptoms of diarrhea and abdominal pain hours after consumption of chicken. Others may have an immediate allergic reaction via an ige mediated mechanism characterized by hives, itch, ...Read more


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How can scorpion venom compare to bee sting venom?

How can  scorpion venom compare to bee sting venom?

Type of Scorpion: That totally depends on the type of scorpion. Most of the scorpions in the us aren't too bad - but the bark scorpion is. Some scorpions outside of the us are very venomous. A single bee's venous isn't bad unless you are allergic to it. ...Read more

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What are common wasp sting allergic reactions?

What are common wasp sting allergic reactions?

Local: Most sting reactions cause local symptoms: swelling, itchiness, redness. Very rarely can one see a patient develop systemic allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Does zertec work.Like benedryl for bee stings?

Does zertec work.Like benedryl for bee stings?

Slower : In the long run the zyrtec (cetirizine) will help with itching and has the benefit of once daily dosing.However, it will take 4-6 hours to reach its effect level while benedryl can get there within an hour or so. For an acute sting, the benedryl may be the way to go with a zyrtec (cetirizine) followup, as the benedryl will be out of the system in about 4 hours. ...Read more

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Can peanut allergics eat honey ?

Can peanut allergics eat honey ?

Yes: Patients with peanut allergy need to be very cautious about cross contamination. Also about 50% of peanut allergic patients may develop a nut allergy. However, there is no need to avoid honey. ...Read more

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Do bee stings cause lymphedema?

Do bee stings cause lymphedema?

No: A bee sting on the problem leg could cause additional swelling but is not a primary cause of lymphedema. ...Read more

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Can a fetus be allergic bee stings?

Can a fetus be allergic bee stings?

No: But if the mother is allergic the fetus could be affected if she has allergic reaction during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can people with bee allergies eat honey? What about peanut allergies and peanut oil?

Can people with bee allergies eat honey?  What about peanut allergies and peanut oil?

Yes: There is no bee venom in honey, so it can be safely eaten by people allergic to bees. There is not supposed to be any peanut protein in peanut oil, but there may be if it wasn't carefully manufactured. If you have had a life-threatening reaction to peanut, i wouldn't recommend betting your life on whether the peanut oil is pure. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to corned beef?

Allergic reaction to corned beef?

Beef allergy: Are you allergic to beef or is it simply something in the aging process of the corned beef that you reacted to? Your allergist can test you. ...Read more

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Can people be allergic to bee stings?

Yes: Allergic reactions to beestings include hives, wheezing, throat swelling, and drop in blood pressure; these reactions can be life-threatening and need to be taken seriously. Any visible reaction on the skin that is not directly connected to the site of the sting is an allergic reaction. You should carry an epi-pen when outdoors, and should consult an allergist regarding desensitization. ...Read more

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If my skin blisters from a bee sting, does it mean i'm allergic to bee stings?

If my skin blisters from a bee sting, does it mean i'm allergic to bee stings?

No: Allergic reactions to bee stings are characterized by symptoms away from the site of the sting. If all of the reaction to a sting - blisters, swelling, redness - are all directly connected to the site of the sting, it's a large local reaction. If you get stung on the foot and get hives on your arms, or your throat swells or you start to wheeze - those are allergic reactions. See an allergist. ...Read more

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Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help a swelling and hive reaction (itching) allergic reaction to penicillin?

Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help a swelling and hive reaction (itching) allergic reaction to penicillin?

Depends: on the reaction, if just hives and itching, yes benadryl (diphenhydramine) can control it in the right dosage, after discontinuing the offending drug, but if more severe symptoms/swelling you need medical attention with the possible addition of epinephrine and probably steroids, ...Read more

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Is bee sting on tongue dangerous?

Is bee sting on tongue dangerous?

It could be : Dangerous if there is significant swelling of the tongue or surrounding air way. If this occurred it could prevent a person from breathing. For throat, airway, mouth swelling or any difficulty breathing >call 911! ...Read more

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Possible bee, wasp allergy. Should I use epipen (epinephrine) if they bite me?

Possible bee, wasp allergy. Should I use epipen (epinephrine) if they bite me?

If you have had: Significant allergic reactions - then an Epipen (epinephrine) can be life saving. Have you been medically workep up for this? Was the epi-pen prescribed for you? Is the Epipen (epinephrine) within date (not expired)? Do you know how to use an epipen (epinephrine)? In the middle of an anaphlactic reaction is not the time to try to figure it out. ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to wasps stings but not other bee stings?

Yes: One can be allergic to wasp stings and not bee stings. ...Read more

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Wasp sting that has redneas and swelling?

Wasp sting: Sorry to hear and know it really hurts. Apply cold compress and call you Dr. office for advice. They know you best. ...Read more

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Stung by a bee or hornet. 24 hours later it is very swollen, red and itchy. No breathing troubles. Used charcoal poultice, ice, onion slice, benadryl (diphenhydramine).

Stung by a bee or hornet. 24 hours later it is very swollen, red and itchy. No breathing troubles. Used charcoal poultice, ice, onion slice, benadryl (diphenhydramine).

Insect sting: Make sure the stinger is no longer present in the bite. Hornet bites usually causes a more pronounced reaction than bee stings. You might also apply Hydrocortisone to the bite for relief. ...Read more

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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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Castor Bean Allergy (Definition)

The TH2 immune system produces specific IgE to an allergen and thus the overall reactions will be the same with variations due to organ susceptibility, genetics, degree of allergy (stronger skin test response often but not always reflects more severe reactions), the amount of allergens. Certain medications worsens the severity of reactions. Handling castor bean ...Read more


Allergy (Definition)

An allergy is an exagerated immune responce to a typically benign trigger. You can have allergic responces to many things like pollens, animal dander, foods, medications, among other things. Symptoms may be bothersome, but benign, or can be fatal. Not all reactions to exposures are allergies and if you think you may be allergic , i recommend being evaluated by ...Read more