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Bee Allergy

Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Greater Washington

Allergy and Asthma Specialists located in Winchester, VA & Chantilly, VA

Bee allergy can potentially be life threatening and can result in death, especially in adults. Allergy injections (immunotherapy) are over 95% effective in preventing future reactions. Our experts at Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Greater Washington can help diagnose bee allergies with skin testing done by trained technicians. In addition, our experts offer treatment plans so that you can be active outdoors. This can include individualized allergy injection treatments. Call or schedule an appointment online today with our providers at one of our locations in Fairfax, Gainesville, Vienna, Warrenton, Culpeper, or Front Royal to conquer your bee allergies.

Bee Allergy Q & A

Which bees can cause allergic reactions?

  • Honey Bee
  • Yellow Jacket
  • Yellow Hornet
  • White Hornet
  • Wasp

What are the symptoms of a bee allergy?

Bee stings affect everyone differently and can cause a different response with each sting. Some people have just a local red, itchy spot which does not necessarily mean an allergy; others have more symptoms which need to be evaluated further by a trained allergist.

If you have a bee allergy, a sting may cause:

  • Extreme swelling or redness
  • Inflammation that continues to worsen
  • Widespread hives
  • Swelling of throat, lips, tongue or other parts of the body other than the area of the sting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Feeling dizzy and faint

If you have a severe allergy, a bee sting can lead to anaphylactic shock, a potentially life threatening condition. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, feeling faint, and passing out which can result in death.

Is there testing for a bee sting allergy?

Yes. Your dedicated provider may first recommend specialized skin testing. This involves injecting a small amount of bee venom into your skin. If you are allergic, you should develop a raised red bump right away at the test site. Your allergist may also order a blood test to further evaluate the bee allergy.

How does treatment for bee stings work?

Bee sting allergy is treated by building a better immune response to the bee venom. This is done with immunotherapy, which involves gradually exposing you to increasing doses of bee venom over an extended period. These injections train your body to become used to the allergen, so your reactions in the future become less severe. Over time immunotherapy can completely resolve issues with bee stings and protect against what can be a life threatening condition.

Immunotherapy is the only treatment option available to prevent bee sting reactions for patients who have a severe allergy.

Because allergic reactions to bee stings can be life threatening, schedule your bee allergy evaluation at Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Greater Washington today. Book your visit by calling the most convenient location or using the online scheduler.