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Understanding Bee Sting Allergies -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of a Bee Sting Allergy?

Symptoms of a severe bee sting allergy with anaphylactic shock may include:

  • Rapid swelling around the eyes, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Difficulty breathing and/or swallowing
  • Wheezing or hoarseness
  • Itching
  • Dizziness
  • A reddish rash or hives
  • Stomach cramps
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea

In most cases, a bee or wasp sting causes only minor symptoms at the site of the sting, including:

Understanding Bee Sting Allergies

Find out more about bee sting allergies:



Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Itching or burning


Call Your Doctor About a Sting Allergy If:

  • You think you might have had an allergic reaction to a sting in the past. Your doctor can test to see if you have an allergy to bee stings or are at risk for anaphylaxis.

Call 911 and get medical help immediately If:

  • You are stung and develop any of the symptoms of anaphylactic shock. 
  • You are allergic to bee or wasp stings and you are stung. You are at risk of anaphylactic shock. Even if your reaction to previous stings was mild, you may need emergency treatment. 



WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 31, 2014

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