Bee Sting Allergies Treatment in Webster TX
Skin reactions, such as hives and itching, as well as flushed or pale skin, are examples of severe allergic reactions. Other symptoms include trouble breathing, swelling of the throat and tongue, a weak, quick pulse, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness or fainting, and loss of consciousness. If you are allergic to bee stings, then contact Dr. Niraj Choudhary, M.D., and Dr. Smriti Choudhary, M.D., at Allergy and You. We can help find exactly what you are looking for. We are conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite C Webster TX 77598. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online.
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How do you know if you are allergic to bee stings?
How long does it take for a bee sting to show an allergic reaction?
Can you be slightly allergic to bee stings?
How long does an allergic reaction to a bee sting last?
Bee sting allergies are a type of hypersensitivity caused by an allergic reaction to stings from bees. Some people have mild reactions, such as redness and swelling, while others experience severe reactions, such as anaphylaxis. It is possible to be only allergic to bees, only allergic to wasps, or allergic to both. Bee sting allergies are a common cause of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. They are caused by the venom contained in the stinger of a bee, which is injected into the body. This causes the body to release large amounts of histamine, causing a range of symptoms such as swelling, hives, and breathing difficulties.
Mild symptoms of a bee sting include:
• Pain or itching at the site of the sting
• The white spot where the stinger punctured skin
• Redness and slight swelling around the sting
Severe symptoms of a bee sting include:
• Flushed or pale skin
• Swelling of the throat, face, and lips
• Dizziness or fainting
• Nausea and vomiting
• Abdominal cramping and diarrhea
• Difficulty breathing or swallowing
• Decrease in blood pressure
• Weak and rapid heart rate
• Loss of consciousness
Certain people are at a higher risk for bee sting allergies than others are, including those who:
• Live in an area near active beehives
• Live in an area where bees actively pollinate plants
• Spend lots of time outside
• Have had a previous allergic reaction to a bee sting
• Take certain medications, such as beta-blockers
Adults are more likely to have serious reactions to bee stings than children are, so it is important for adults with bee sting allergies to carry an EpiPen or similar reactionary treatment.
Local reactions to a bee sting develop quickly, oftentimes within minutes. The sooner the stinger is removed, the sooner the flow of toxins into the body is stopped. One to two hours after getting stung, a person with a bee sting will likely experience severe pain. After intense pain, the area will start to become itchy; redness, pain, and swelling can last up to seven days after the incident. These symptoms are common in people who are not allergic to bee stings. If the symptoms seem to get worse after several days, see a doctor such as an allergist.
An anaphylactic (body-wide) reaction to a bee sting can start within two hours of the incident and rapidly progress to serious symptoms. Hives may develop on the face and body, followed by other symptoms such as swelling, dizziness, headache, fainting, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), and difficulty breathing (dyspnea). Blood pressure and heart rate can also drop, which can lead to loss of consciousness.
Yes, it is possible to have different levels of reactions to bee stings, from mild, temporary symptoms such as redness, itchiness, and discomfort, to severe, life-threatening conditions like anaphylaxis that require immediate medical attention. Only about five percent of people have a severe reaction to bee stings; the other 95% can experience minor to moderate symptoms, which seldom require prompt medical attention.
The length of time that an allergic reaction to a bee sting lasts depends on several factors, such as:
• Number of stings
• How quickly the stingers are removed
Bee sting symptoms are categorized in intensity as mild (lasting for a day or two), moderate (lasting for a week) and severe (can strike at any time, either immediately, or after several days).
If you or someone you love is allergic to bee stings, come to Allergy and You for professional care. Contact us today or book an online appointment with our bee sting allergies doctors, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite C Webster TX 77598. We serve patients from Webster TX, Bacliff TX, Dickinson TX, Seabrook TX, League City TX, and Clear Lake City TX. We look forward to serving you!