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Anaphylactic reactions are severe allergic reactions that can frequently, but not always, be fatal. It can occur in people who have had a prior allergic reaction to, for example, a bee sting. It can also happen to a person at first exposure, though this is rare. When this happens, it is important for the person to get to the nearest hospital emergency room as soon as possible. People who have had prior exposure and reaction should always carry an EpiPen and know how to use it.
Shirley A. Jones, RN, Emergency Medicine, answered
Seek immediate medical attention! If you’re allergic to bee venom, a single sting can cause a serious reaction or even death. Early warning signs include pain, redness, swelling, and itching around the site. You may develop hives or a rash. Dangerous symptoms include wheezing or trouble breathing, chest tightness, and lightheadedness and dizziness. Your face, lips, tongue, or throat may swell.
You’ll need an epinephrine injection, preferably before symptoms become severe. If you have a history of anaphylaxis, always carry an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen™) and learn to recognize warning signs early.