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How can you know if you are allergic to bee stings?

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 more

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Stings can come from different sources. Insect stings such as a honey bee is one of the most familiar. Sting by fish in water is another common experience many of ...Read more


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How to determine if I am allergic to bee stings?

How to determine if I am allergic to bee stings?

Signs & Symptoms: Most often a bee sting causes localized pain, swelling, itching & redness of the site. Or there can be continued swelling with nausea or vomiting. A severe reaction can lead to difficulty breathing, swelling of mouth, tongue, lips or throat, hives, wheezing, chest, tightness, coughing, shortness of breath, throat tightness, slurring of speech, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing or feeling weak. ...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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How can I tell if I am allergic to bee stings?

An allergy skin test: An allergy specialist is able to test you to different extracts from bees and other stinging insects to determine what particular insect you may be allergic to. Based on your type of reaction and the test results, they may prescribe allergy shots to prevent future allergic reactions to bee (or other insect) stings. ...Read more

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What causes a person to be a allergic to bee stings?

Allergy Antibody: A patient who is allergic to bee stings has developed allergy antibody, ige, to one or more of the components in the venom that is injected by the bee. ...Read more

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Is there a way to test if I am allergic to bee stings if I have never been stung before?

Is there a way to test if I am allergic to bee stings if I have never been stung before?

Not allergic...: If you have never had a beesting, you are not allergic...At least not until after the first time. To be allergic to something, your body must be in contact with it at least once for it to develop the "memory to be allergic" to a specific antigen, in this case the beesting. Also, allergic to one beesting does not necessarily mean you will be allergic to all beestings. Be safe... Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it true that one can only tell if allergic to bee stings after the second time being stung?

Not necessarily: Bee sting allergy is diagnosed by a patient having been sting and having an allergic reaction. The patient is then skin tested to verify the sensitivity. Patients can have their "first sting" and have an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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I got stung by a bee 6 hours ago. I have never been allergic to bee stings. there is almost no mark left where the bee stung me. Am i in safe zone?

I got stung by a bee 6 hours ago. I have never been allergic to bee stings. there is almost no mark left where the bee stung me. Am i in safe zone?

No anaphylaxis: The almost instantaneous reaction which can cause system wide collapse and death occurs with 5-15 min. There are other reactions that can occur several hours to even days later but they are not life-threatening. ...Read more

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If allergic to bee stings, would you be allergic to honey and bees wax?

If allergic to bee stings, would you be allergic to honey and bees wax?

No.: A bee sting allergy means you are allergic to the bee's venom, which is not in either honey or beeswax. It is certainly possible to be allergic to honey or beeswax (especially if you have a bad pollen allergy), but that's a completely separate allergy, unrelated to bee sting venom. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if one is allergic to bee stings will he be allergic to jellyfish or fire coral?

Could you tell me if one is allergic to bee stings will he be allergic to jellyfish or fire coral?

Not necessarily: Bee sting allergy is triggered by ige mediated allergy to specific proteins in the honey bee venom. Mellitin and phospholipase are some of these proteins. These are distinct from jelly fish and coral reactions. Many people will react to jelly fish and coral stings suggesting a toxic reaction as opposed to a true allergic reaction. ...Read more

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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

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I got a bee sting and it was swollen for a week and it was very itchy, could i be allergic to bee stings?

I got a bee sting and it was swollen for a week and it was very itchy, could i be allergic to bee stings?

Management: Your symptoms indicate a mild allergic reaction. If stung again, you may develop a similar or worse reaction. I have attached a link for more information: http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/insect-stings For mild itchiness, an anti histamine is usually part of the management. ...Read more

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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?

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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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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Will my 4 yr old daughter likely be allergic to bee stings if her mother has anaphylaxis to bee stings? She gets a rash with amoxil (amoxicillin).

Will my 4 yr old daughter likely be allergic to bee stings if her mother has anaphylaxis to bee stings? She gets a rash with amoxil (amoxicillin).

Bee sting: No your daughter is not more likely to have a severe allergic reaction to bee stings. There is rash associated with Amoxicillin called the Amoxicillin rash. It is a rough or bumpy rash sometimes described as feeling like sand paper. It is not an allergic reaction to amoxicillin. If daughter rash to Amoxicillin was of this type she is not likely allergic to amoxicillin. ...Read more

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What to do when bee stings and i'm allergic?

Your reaction???: Those with immediate reactions that include light headedness, dizziness, cramps, difficulty swallowing or breathing should carry an auto-injector device with Epinephrine for immediate use followed by a trip to the er. Desensitization therapy thru an allergist can reduce long term risk. If reaction is mild hives & local swelling, you can take benedryl & monitor the situation for changes. ...Read more

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What do you do when a bee stings you and you are possibly allergic?

What do you do when a bee stings you and you are possibly allergic?

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 more

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Two young children suffered multiple bee stings. While they are not allergic, we are concerned about their ages (4 and 7). What should we do?

Two young children suffered multiple bee stings. While they are not allergic, we are concerned about their ages (4 and 7). What should we do?

Supportive Care: Make sure to monitor them for symptoms other than discomfort like wheezing, difficulty breathing, and significant swelling especially involving the face and/or neck. Make sure to clean all bites with soap n water and remove any stingers by scraping with a plastic ID, and apply cool compresses every 20 minutes as needed for pain. Antiseptic spray and Ibuprofen is also very helpful for any pain. ...Read more

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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