Food allergies are common, but so too are adverse reactions to insect stings. But while allergic reactions to bee stings can be damaging or even deadly, new evidence shows that it’s our body’s way of trying to protect us — a reaction that for some people goes way too far.
Bee stings are a serious problem for over 2 million Americans. Approximately 50 deaths each year in the U.S. are attributed to insect sting allergies. Unlike a normal reaction to a bee sting, like pain, swelling, and redness around the sting bite, a bee venom allergy will trigger an anaphylactic reaction. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, throat or mouth, wheezing, difficulty swallowing, and an increased pulse.