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How Can You Know If You Are Allergic To Bee Stings
Wait and see: 3% or less of adults are seriously allergic to bee sting, and even fewer children. Typically, the only way to know if you were truly allergic is to experience an adverse reaction after being stung. Allergy skin testing is very accurate, however not recommended as a screening tool, which means it is not recommended to be done to help decide if a person is allergic preemptively. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Timing & testing: Grass pollen allergy (called grass pollinosis) has symptoms of itchy, runny nose, nasal congestion and sneezing, sometimes with eye symptoms during the usual grass pollen time which is early to mid-summer (longer in the south). To confirm grass allergy, a skin test or ige blood test can be performed. ...Read more
Possibly ?: If your response to a bee sting has been something like a localized rash or hives you can relax & view the process as minor.If you become dizzy, have abdominal cramps, tightening of the chest or throat with difficulty breathing you should see an allergist. You should carry a auto-injector device with Epinephrine & consider desensitization therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Food allergy: The diagnosis of food allergy requires the presence of allergic antibody (ige) either detected by blood testing (rast) or skin testing and a history of reproducible symptoms following each ingestion. Sorbitol is too small a chemical to trigger ige production however, if symptoms occur every time you consume it, then you have an intolerance to sorbitol. Avoidance is the treatment for both condition. ...Read more
Allergy sympoms: When you enter a house with dog or cat you will start sneezing, the nose runs and eyes itch and some times you may develop more severe symptoms. After petting a dog or cat if you touch your eyes they may swell up, get puffy, run and itch. If you a pet at home and are allergic to it, you will feel the allergy symptoms begin when you come home. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mouth itching: Some individuals have mouth itching after eating bananas. This is usually limited to the mouth and throat and does not lead to a systemic anaphylactic reaction. It is called oral allergy syndrome. You may be allergic to a cross reacting pollen, in this case ragweed, which is promient in the fall season. ...Read more
Yes. You're not. : You have to be stung at least once to develop an allergic reaction to bee stings. About 17% of persons who have ever been stung have allergy antibodies to bee stings. Only 1% of stung persons develop life-threatening anaphylaxis. So even the presence of allergy antibodies doesn't predict the risk of a future severe allergic reaction to bee sting very well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Itchiness, swelling: For a true drug allergy, look for signs of a growing rash anywhere on your body within an hour of taking your medication. These rashes can manifest as hives, itchiness, or swelling. The most concerning of the symptoms would be swelling, particularly in the upper body as it may constrict breathing. Discuss with your pharmacist about the likelihood of a certain drug to cause such a reaction. ...Read more
Yes you can: Mold spores are commonly found outdoors(though invisible) in the air, on warm , huid days. Symptoms can include runny or stuffy nose, post nasal drip or even coughing. See an allergist for simple testing to see if mold can be causing your symptoms. A full history and physical exam is needed to help make the diagnosis. There are very good treatments for this, too. ...Read more
Allergy test: Pollen allergy can be suspected on clinical grounds if you get itchy eyes and nose, runny nose, congestion and sneezing when outdoors in certain seasons. To really make a diagnosis, though, you need to have a skin test or blood test showing the presence of ige antibodies to pollen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Itching swelling: Food allergy usually occurs from minutes to 2 hours after contact. The most common reactions are itchy mouth and throat but severe reactions can cause throat swelling, hives, itching , flushing, breathing problem, vomiting, diarrhea, fainting (shock) -> potentially death. If this fits, avoid almond which may also contaminate other nuts product. See allergist & you may need an epinephrine set. ...Read more
Symptoms & Testing: Immediate itching or hives when wearing them a short while suggests contact urticaria. Intense itching and/or blisters the next day or hours after wearing gloves suggests contact dermatitis. You would have noticed if you had urticaria/hives/wheezing/ total body itching/ dizziness and and even drop in blood pressure can occur when being around powdered latex gloves when in use. See an allergist. ...Read more
Unlikely: It is unlikely for anyone to be allergic to Epinephrine as it is present in all of us. Commonly, people develop a rapid heart beat, and tremors following an epinpehrine injection and can have a headache from it too, but the side effects are short lived and do not last more than 30 minutes. ...Read more
What to do: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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