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What are the side effects of bee venom therapy?

Bee venom therapy or apitherapy (the use of bees, bee venom, or bee products to treat health problems) is usually well tolerated. Death is a very rare side effect, usually attributed to severe allergic reactions. Occasionally, a heart attack may result from an allergic reaction combined with heat, dehydration, or underlying heart disease. Consult your doctor prior to beginning any bee venom therapy. It is crucial that the patient be free of medications, primarily steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for up to six months prior to beginning bee venom therapy. Due to possible allergic reactions, a bee sting kit, including antihistamine medication, must be available.

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