Honey Bee Allergy Test
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About Our Honey Bee Allergy Test
Note: Fasting is not required for this test.
This blood allergy test will determine if you are allergic to the venom/bee sting of honey bees.
There are many types of bees. Honey bees, however, have been domesticated and spread throughout the world. They are the only stinging Hymenoptera that nearly always leaves its stinger in the skin of its victim. The bee's venom continues to pump into the victim until the venom sac is depleted or the stinger has been removed.
The risk of developing a bee sting allergy increases with the degree of exposure, so for example, beekeepers are at a high risk of developing an allergy to bee stings.
An allergy to honey bee venom often means an individual is also allergic to bumblebee venom. It is important to be tested for both since the two bees' venoms have similar proteins, which is also known as having a high degree of cross-reactivity.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction either follow the usual symptoms of a bee sting which are an instant, sharp burning pain, swelling around the sting location, and a red welt. A moderate allergic reaction would be extreme redness and the welt gradually enlarges over a couple of days. Having a moderate reaction does not mean the next time a bee stings you, it will be a severe reaction, but it is possible.
Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting are:
- A weak, rapid pulse
- Difficulty breathing
- Dizziness or fainting
- Swelling of the throat and tongue
- Skin reaction such as hives, itching, and pale looking skin
Traditional allergy tests utilize the Skin Prick method (also known as a Puncture or Scratch test) to determine whether an allergic reaction will occur by inserting possible triggers into your skin using a needle prick. If you are allergic to the substance, you are forced to suffer through your body's reaction to the allergen. HealthLabs.com offers an easier, virtually pain-free blood test to determine the allergen status of substances without the irritation of traditional skin prick tests.
- No painful skin pricks
- No fasting necessary
- Accurate results within 1 to 2 days
Our quick blood test allows us to use your blood sample to test for allergic reactions externally, rather than causing unnecessary and painful reactions by introducing potential allergens to your system. Tests are administered in approximately 10 minutes or less at any of our 4,500+ nationwide locations. No appointments, no paperwork and no waiting are all part of what makes HealthLabs.com the best option for pain-free and hassle-free allergy testing.