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Bee Stings and what to do – allergist Hilliard

It’s almost a rite of passage: Your first bee sting. But for some, a simple sting can turn into a life-threatening emergency. Have you talked to your allergist Hilliard about bee sting allergies? According to the Mayo Clinic, most bee stings are mild, with pain and discomfort going away in a few hours. And some […]

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It’s almost a rite of passage: Your first bee sting. But for some, a simple sting can turn into a life-threatening emergency. Have you talked to your allergist Hilliard about bee sting allergies?

According to the Mayo Clinic, most bee stings are mild, with pain and discomfort going away in a few hours. And some people have a moderate reaction, with redness and swelling that can take a day or two to go away.

And some folks have a severe allergic reaction to bee stings. Your allergist Hilliard can speak more to this, if you or your child has had a severe allergic reaction, but anaphylaxis can occur with bee stings — meaning emergency treatment is required. If you carry an Epi-Pen, learn more here about how to properly store and carry it.

Signs and symptoms

Some of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis due to a bee sting include:

  1. Breathing difficulties
  2. Hives or other skin issues (flushing or paleness)
  3. Throat and tongue swelling
  4. Gastrointestinal distress: Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  5. Dizziness, fainting or loss of consciousness
  6. A weak, rapid pulse

What this means – Call your allergist Hilliard

People react to bee sting venom due to the proteins in it that affect skin cells and the immune system, according to the Mayo clinic. You can learn more about bee stings here, on their website.

Severe allergic reaction

If you or your child has a severe reaction to a bee sting, you are 30-30% more likely to have anaphylaxis with your next sting, according to the Mayo Clinic. Your allergist Hilliard can help you put preventative measures in place if this occurs.

However, if you suspect anaphylaxis, call 911 right away!

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