Allergies to bee and wasp stings

Q – If someone is allergic to wasp stings, will they also have an allergy to bee stings? I have read conflicting reports about the similarity/difference between the venom in the two types of stings.


A – We all react differently to stings. Anyone with an allergy should always seek professional advice before taking up beekeeping.

For general information, this book may be useful:

Insect Bites and Stings

A Guide to Prevention and Treatment, by Harry Riches MD FRCP

Published in 2003 by IBRA (International Bee Research Association)

ISBN 0 86098 244 0


Another useful source of advice is the Anaphylaxis Campaign:

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