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What happens to someone with a bee sting allergy after getting stung?
Allergic reactions may include:
What is anaphylactic shock?
Anaphylaxis, also called anaphylactic shock, is a severe and sometimes life-threatening reaction to an allergen. Symptoms may include:
Anaphylactic shock is usually an emergency. If your child is in anaphylactic shock, seek medical attention immediately.
Anaphylactic shock is rare after your child's very first bee sting, even if he or she has an allergy. But if your child does have an allergy, future bee stings will likely cause more severe reactions.
How does someone without a bee sting allergy react?
For most people, bee stings are a painful annoyance that passes with some local swelling, minor pain and redness that disappears within a few hours.
Multiple bee stings are more dangerous in children than they are in adults, as a child's body won't be able to handle as much bee venom.
Any break of the skin, including a bee sting, is susceptible to infection. Avoid scratching the site of the sting.
Is my child allergic to bee stings?
Allergies are generally hereditary, so an allergic parent should be more cautious with her child, although children will often outgrow their allergy. If a severe reaction occurs, an allergist should be seen as soon as possible. Future stings could result in reactions that are up to 60 percent worse than the first allergic reaction.
There are two types of tests and, unfortunately, neither of them is extremely reliable.
Testing for bee sting allergies before a serious reaction has occurred is unnecessary.
My child is allergic to bee stings – what do I do?
For future bee stings, the most extreme option is venom immunotherapy, wherein the patient receives weekly shots of increasing amounts of bee venom to build up tolerance. It can reduce the chance of future severe reactions from 60 percent to about 5 percent.
How about if my child is NOT allergic to bee stings?
For normal reactions, a cold compress and an aspirin or acetaminophen does the trick, and you'll be back out enjoying the sun.
Preventing bee stings
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