Diagnosing & Treating Bee Sting Allergies
Bee Allergy Testing in New Jersey
Treatments for Bee Sting Allergies in New Jersey
Bee Sting Allergies FAQs
This is considered a local reaction and traditionally not considered indicative of an allergy. However, a small percentage of individuals with large local reactions are truly allergic to bee stings. You and your doctor at Impact Medical will decide if an allergy evaluation is indicated.
Yes, having an allergic reaction to your first bee sting is possible. Subsequent stings are usually more severe.
Rescue or emergency medications such as Benadryl and an EpiPen should always be available but special attention should be given in high-risk environments such as hiking, picnics, or barbecues during the spring, summer and fall months.
No, food allergies are not related to bee sting allergies.
No, pollen allergies are not related to bee sting allergies.
Venom immunotherapy (allergy shots to bees) is considered 96% effective in preventing future systemic reactions to bee stings.
There is not a definite duration. We typically say a minimum of three years and then retest. Some individuals receive venom immunotherapy for many years.
Yes. The risk of a severe reaction is significantly lower when on bee sting allergy shots but it is still recommended to carry emergency medications.
It is estimated that about 5% of the population are allergic to bee stings and are at risk for anaphylaxis.
The most common reaction is localized swelling, redness and itchiness. However, there is a very small risk of anaphylaxis to allergy shots and therefore at Impact Medical we require that patients wait for 30 minutes after receiving their injections and have diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and an epinephrine auto-injector (i.e. EpiPen or Auvi-Q) accessible for a few hours after receiving their allergy shot(s).