Do you wonder if your nut-allergic child could be allergic to bees also?

Posted on: Fri, 08/17/2007 - 4:21pm
carpediem's picture
Joined: 01/08/2007 - 09:00

My mother and my father-in-law are have had allergic reactions to bee stings. My PN/TNA son who also has indoor/outdoor allergies and cat/dog allergies has never been stung. I am wondering, since he is an allergic kid, and considering the family history, if he is at a greater risk of being allergic to bees. Good thing is, if he ever is stung, and is allergic, we would have an epi-pen on hand anyway. Has anyone heard of the risk factors for this type of allergy. I am trying to find the answer online, but with no luck. Thanks.

Posted on: Fri, 08/17/2007 - 8:59pm
TNAmom's picture
Joined: 11/29/2005 - 09:00

I'm curious about that possibility too. I had an allergic reaction to a bee sting when I was eight years old.
I've not been stung since (it was 1968!), so the doctor doesn't know if I'd react again or not. I suppose I could get tested...
My husband and I both have seasonal allergies as well.
My 10 year old daughter has never been stung. But if and when it happens, I'll be right there with the epi, watching her closely.

Posted on: Fri, 08/17/2007 - 9:26pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Ive wondered about this also. Unfortunately, they cannot test for an allergy to bee stings until the child has been stung once. Connor has yet to get stung so we will wait and see. He also is allergic to cats and dogs and has asthma so that makes me very leary. At least we will have the epi on hand:-)
ds Nathan(age 9) NKA
ds Connor (age 5) ANA to peanuts and tree nuts

Posted on: Sat, 08/18/2007 - 3:33am
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Joined: 05/28/2005 - 09:00

I asked allergist this and he said my food allergic kids have the same chance as any other kid for allergy to bee stings. Nevertheless, I think there could be a correlation, so it's something I watch closely and I've informed the school nurse to watch DS very closely if he is ever stung at school.
My older DS did get stung once by a small be last summer, and by a wasp this summer (2 stings at the same time), and has not reacted other than the normal pain/swelling at the site that went right down with ice.
I'm pretty sure he's not allergic (other DS has never been stung), but I'm going to give school the same instructions since it can take many stings before reactions occur (ie, my friend just started reacting as an adult and she had anaphylaxis).
I agree we're in better shape than most people since we would have access to Epipen.

Posted on: Sat, 08/18/2007 - 7:58am
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Joined: 12/01/2005 - 09:00

I don't worry about that , I think from my exerience allergies to certain things can have relation or be totally random, ,my brother is severly allergic to bees, first time stung he was in intensive care for days.His daughter has been stung with normal reactions, I as his sister get stung every summer with no irregular reaction to venom, so I think everyone should be on the look out and there is no cut and dry rule, one kid with no peanut allergy and one kid with severe , no reason.But we are lucky to have epi , in any case.

Posted on: Sat, 08/18/2007 - 9:01am
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Joined: 05/16/2007 - 09:00

my daughter has mfa, and got stung this spring and had a very bad reaction hospitalized for several days. luckily we had the epi on hand. she had never been stung before, that i can remember. i have no idea if there is any relationship at all. her father has a slight allergy to bees, no epipen, just some hives and light headed but no throat symptoms. i think that evryone should be on the look out after a stng
take care

Posted on: Sun, 08/19/2007 - 12:31am
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Quote:Originally posted by TwokidsNJ:
[b]I asked allergist this and he said my food allergic kids have the same chance as any other kid for allergy to bee stings.[/b]
That's exactly what I was told when I asked the allergist if my insect allergic son is more likely to have food allergies. The doctor did test for foods (due to possible symptoms) but wouldn't test for insects.
There are millions of insects, and the test will only show if you are allergic to the specific insect tested. Also, he felt it was an unnecessary exposure because my son is to young for the shots anyway.

Posted on: Sun, 08/19/2007 - 1:25am
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Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

This will be confusing...Grandma is allergic to bees but NOT to any foods.
6yr old has been stung once, no reaction-he IS allergic to all nuts.
4yr old has been sting twice, no reaction-just found out he is positive to peanuts and tree nuts.
I've never been stung, but I am afraid I am allergic, no food allergies though.
So based(just on my family)....peanut allergies and bee stings do not run together.
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig, hamster & asthma)
Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, seeds(all-sesame, sunflower, poppy, pine nut) beef, chicken, eggs, coconut(also avoiding legumes), trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-4 (peanut, tree nuts, milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig, hamster, grass, mold, dust mite and EE)
Savannah-1 1/2 (milk, beef and egg, dog(avoiding peanuts, tree nuts, strawberries, seeds, legumes and corn)

Posted on: Sun, 08/19/2007 - 5:09am
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Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

I worry that all my kids, nut allergic or not, could be allergic to bees.
So far, only one kiddo has been stung, and he didn't have a problem with it, although he did learn that day that it's not a great idea to try to squish a bee.

Posted on: Sun, 08/19/2007 - 8:54am
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Joined: 10/11/2006 - 09:00

My allergic dd was stung by a bee two years ago, before we knew about her MFA's.
She was at my parents and DH and I were gone. It happened right when we dropped her off. Didn't know about it until that night when I called to check in. My mom said half her face was swollen and eye was swollen shut and bruised looking. My mom is an RN so I had complete trust!
However, looking back, I wonder if it happens again will it be worse? But then I remember, I do carry epi's with me now, so that is somewhat of a comfort.
Kara mom to 4, wife to 1
Elise 5- (eczema, NKA)
Mary 3- (egg, peanut, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, organge, avoiding: tree nuts, shellfish, most dairy, eczema)
Franklin 2- (eczema, NKA)
Cecelia 7mos-(NKA)

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