Allergy to hornet/bee stings

Posted on: Sat, 09/14/2002 - 10:31am
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pOur Summer here in Michigan has really brought out a lot of hornets - more so than we have ever seen in years. The stores can't seem to keep the hornet spray stocked as so many people are buying it. My 4 year old PA son has never been stung by a bee or a hornet. I am paranoid that when this day comes - and I know it will - that he is going to react simply because he has other allergies. I think my allergist told me the last time I was there that they really don't test for this as it is a longer procedure than normal allergy testing. Has anyone ever had their child tested or have you all just done the "wait and see" thing?/p

Posted on: Sat, 09/14/2002 - 11:16am
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We are having our son tested for Bee stings later this year. I had arranged to have him tested last November and when we arrived at the (new) allergist's office he told me that he didn't test 2 year olds!! He knew the age of my son prior to the app't. Anyhow, we decided to have him tested at the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto.
We have already done the "wait and see" and have seen his face-eyes/nose etc. swell swell swell. I assume he has an allergy to Bee stings but just want him to have his own epipen. My son will also be tested for peanuts at the same time, as my daughter has the peanut allergy.

Posted on: Sat, 09/14/2002 - 12:45pm
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My son is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs and shellfish. My husband is allergic to many types of bees (has had an anaphylactic reaction numerous times and has epi-pen). Because of my husband's allergy I asked the allergist if my son had a greater chance of being allergic to bees also. I'm not sure if I am remembering this correctly (my mind is overloaded with all the allergy stuff) but I think he said that bee allergies don't tend to be passed on like food allergies. I think he also said that there isn't any correlation between food allergies and bee allergies.
At least they have shots for the bee allergies. Hopefully they will find something for the food allergies soon.

Posted on: Sat, 09/14/2002 - 1:47pm
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I'm so glad this was asked, I was just wondering this a couple of wks ago. My 10 yr old (non-PA) son is allergic to bee stings. He's never been actually diagnosed by a dr. but since he was young he has swollen, and benedryl has always taken care of it, but the last 2 yrs, especially this yr, he is getting stung more and his reactions are getting worse. He swells more and more, and the swelling lasts for over a week now, the benedryl controls the swelling, but now I'm afraid that eventually he may have more than swelling of the face, such as his throat closing or breathing problems...Anyway, I was just wondering if Cameron would be allergic also, he hasn't been stung by a bee yet, so I was wondering of the wait and see thing also.
Concerned what type of shots do they have for bee stings and what's the procedure? His pedi. knows he's allergic, but has never mentioned it, would I need to take him to Camerons allergist?
I know this doesn't have anything to do w/this topic, but this is how I try to compare and explain Cam's reaction to pnuts, that everytime he's exposed his reactions will be worse just like Dustins bee stings are getting worse and his first one was anaphalatic (I can't ever spell that word)! It still doesn't seem to sink in totally to family but when I compared how Dustin's reactions to bee stings keep getting worse, the same happens to Cam's reactions to pnuts only Cam's reaction is already been a life or death situation...How much worse can his get!
Sorry to ramble again! Lana

Posted on: Sat, 09/14/2002 - 9:39pm
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Our allergist (#2) said that an allergy is an allergy no matter what kind -- cats, ragweed etc.. The chances of children having allergies increases if both parents have allergies however the children do not necessarily have to end up with the same allergy. So, my understanding is that even though my husband has an allergy to ragweed and I am allergic to cats our children could end up with a different allergy all together.
I had never heard of shots for Bee sting allergy. My son's swelling also lasts for over a week. Each reaction is worse than the last.

Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 12:03am
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My pa and tna daughter was stung twice, and thank goodness she had no more than a regular reaction. I had worried about the same thing. If my child had reacted with swelling, etc. and the symptoms seemed severe; I wouldn't wait for any testing. I would ask for an epi-pen. That's just my humble opinion, of course. It seems to me that some people develop a bee sting allergy after having been stung many times. Good luck to everyone dealing with this. Miriam

Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 12:32am
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I too took the wait and see approach since we always had the epipen. He has been stung twice by bees with no unusual reaction. Not to say that it couldn't change down the line but so far so good. I can relax a little about that at least.

Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 11:48am
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If your children are experiencing any type of reaction to bee stings you should probably see an allergist. The reactions could defitely get worse. Around 14 years ago my husband would get hives and a tightness in his chest a couple of hours after being stung. He would go to the hospital and they would give him benedryl (a very strong dose) and then he would be fine. 5 years ago after being stung he had almost an immediate reaction - tingling in the mouth and we went to the hospital. They took him back right away but before the doctor saw him his throat started to close up. They gave him epenephrine, etc. They also recommended that he see an allergist and gave him a prescription for epi-pens in case he got stung again.
I think the treatment is called immunitherapy(sp?).
My husband gets shots of the bee venom that he is allergic to. They start out with a very small amount and work up gradually to the equivalent of two bee stings. In the beginning I think he went every week and now gets maintenance shots once a month. Supposedly he could get stung twice at one time and not have a reaction. He got shots for yellow jackets, and a think one type of hornet and wasps.
Cam's Mom you would think that the pediatrician would give you a prescription for an epi-pen or tell you to take him to an allergist. Knowing what I know now about food allergies I can't believe our first pediatrician didn't tell us our son had a milk allergy, how serious it could be or send us to an allergist. My son had excema since he was born, reflux and after I stopped breastfeeding diarrhea and blood in his stool. Thank goodness his current pediatrician sent us to an allergist.

Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 12:21pm
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Concerned: Has your husband ever been bitten by a Deer Fly? If so what was his reaction? My son was bitten by a Deer Fly which took a chunk out of him -- right between the eyebrows, swelling started soon after. Pretty soon you couldn't tell who he was. When we went to the emerg. I was told to continue with Benadryl. I have an epipen on hand b/c of my daughter but my son would need his own at the daycare.

Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 1:27pm
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Concerned, Yes, I too after learning of Cameron's pnut allergy and epi-pens that they would have prescribed the pen for Dustin as well, we have a new peditrician now, and when Dustin goes in for his check up, I will be bringing this up, so that he can have an epi at school (right now I just have benedryl on site for him and instructions for the nurse to call me after she's given him a dose) Thankfully, he's 10 and knows that if he's stung, he is to immediately get a dose of the benedryl, and I've also discussed w/him that his reaction can also be like Cam's.
Thanks for the info on the shots, that's real interesting and I'll be asking his pedi about these too!

Posted on: Mon, 09/16/2002 - 5:09am
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O.K., so I can assume, based on your responses, that you can test for allergies to bee/hornet stings? I figured by now (he is 4 1/2) that he would have been stung and we would know, but he hasn't. Since he is entering school, I would like to know so I can give the teacher a heads up on it in case he gets stung on the playground.

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