Do You Know the Symptoms of a Bee Sting Allergy?

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

Riskiest Symptoms

If you have a severe bee sting allergy that causes an emergency condition called anaphylaxis, the symptoms include:

If that happens, call 911 immediately. If you have an epinephrine auto-injector, use it and repeat after 5 to 15 minutes if your symptoms haven’t improved. You’ll still need medical care right after you give yourself the shots, even if your symptoms seem to stop, because you could still have a delayed reaction.

That’s not likely. Most people aren’t allergic and only have minor symptoms in the area where they got stung, such as:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Itching or burning

Call Your Doctor If:

You think you might have had an allergic reaction to a sting in the past. Your doctor can check on that and see if you’re at risk for anaphylaxis.

WebMD Medical Reference



Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. 

American Academy of Allergy. 

The Food and Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. 

WebMD Medical News: "Kids Don't Always Outgrow Sting Allergies." 

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases. 

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Bee Poison."

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