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How can I tell if I am allergic to bee stings?

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Dr. Gerald Lee
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
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In brief: Swelling, redness

Usually the first time someone is exposed (bite, sting, etc) to an insect they are allergic to they experience symptoms out of proportion to what other people may experince.
For example, most people will experience an area of swelling, but someone who is allergic may have swelling of the whole limb. Subsequent exposures can be more worrisome - troubles breathing, drop in blood pressures, etc.

In brief: Swelling, redness

Usually the first time someone is exposed (bite, sting, etc) to an insect they are allergic to they experience symptoms out of proportion to what other people may experince.
For example, most people will experience an area of swelling, but someone who is allergic may have swelling of the whole limb. Subsequent exposures can be more worrisome - troubles breathing, drop in blood pressures, etc.
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Dr. Evan Allen
Family Medicine
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In brief: See an Allergist

The best person to assess the seriousness of a potential bee sting allergy would be an allergist.
If you have never been stung by a bee and have low risk for being stung, this may not be necessary. On the other hand, if you have experienced serious symptoms after being stung or are at high risk for stings (i.e. You are a beekeeper) then an allergist should evaluate you.

In brief: See an Allergist

The best person to assess the seriousness of a potential bee sting allergy would be an allergist.
If you have never been stung by a bee and have low risk for being stung, this may not be necessary. On the other hand, if you have experienced serious symptoms after being stung or are at high risk for stings (i.e. You are a beekeeper) then an allergist should evaluate you.
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