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Had a bee bite. Tired of carrying around my epi-pen. What could be done?

Hi-I had a bad reaction to a bite-spider or bee-don t know in 2009. Was sitting in a lawn camp chair just out of the sleeve in mid afternoon and became very ill in Sheboygan, WI. Did not go to hospital (were at a party outside) and after I got home slept. (Got sick to my stomach on the way home and sweating) I am now 58 years old and am tired of carrying around my epi-pen. My doctor says I will need. I did have a male cousin in Eau Claire, WI who was stung in the neck by a hornet a few years ago and basically died instantly. Advise?
Asked On : Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

Welcome to Healthcaremagic,

Sever life threating reaction to bee / spider bite is one type of anaphylactic reaction, in which there is massive release of inflammatory mediators occurs in one's body due to bee / spider toxin. This will lead to variety of symptoms which are as follows,
-difficulty in breathing or noisy breathing
-swelling of the tongue
-swelling / tightness in the throat
-difficulty talking and / or a hoarse voice
-wheezing or persistent coughing
-loss of consciousness and / or collapse
-Abdominal pain or vomiting (when associated with an allergic reaction to an insect sting or bite)

Above mentioned signs/symptoms may have to be treated with injection of adrenaline (epi-pen contains adrenaline) in order to save person's life.
So, what I suggest you is first re-memorize your bite incidence and if you found that you had suffered from at least 2 of above symptoms (one including last one) than it is must for you to carry epi-pen with you otherwise there are less chances that you may need it. But, as you know there are thousands of insects in world and person not allergic to one may be allergic to another as different spices have different type of toxins. So, it is safe for you to carry epi-pen with you when you are at elevated risk for exposure to the insects (like during camping, visiting beaches etc).

Regarding incidence of your cousin, the sever allergic reaction- anaphylactic reaction usually does not run in families, so forget about it.

Don't worry, just be cautious.

Hope this will help you, take care.

-Dr. Vishal Vadgama (MD)
Answered: Fri, 5 Jul 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Het Ram Bishnoi 's  Response
Sep 2013
Thanks for the query to H.C.M. Forum.
Your cousin died due to hornet bite , but at once, so forget that unfortunate incident.
You were bitten in 2009 , so , come out from this trauma.
In my opinion you should consult a psychiatrist and get his opinion.
Good luck.
Answered: Thu, 4 Jul 2013
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