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The purpose of this review is to provide a brief overview of the risks of consumption of bee products in honeybee venom allergic patients and compositae allergic patients, the potential allergens involved in these reactions, the advancement in solving diagnostic difficulties, and management of allergic reactions to bee products.Allergic patients to bee venom and compositae allergic patients may be allergic to bee products. Several bee products allergens have been identified in bee venom.Anaphylaxis to bee products is rare. Some studies show a clear association between some aeroallergens such as compositae with allergic reactions to bee products. Additionally, allergic reactions to bee products are associated with severe outcomes in atopic and patients with lung disorders and are a common occupational disease in beekeepers. Possible cross-reactivities have been suggested between bee components and bee venom. Furthermore some studies found patients with concomitant allergy to honey or to propolis and bee venom. Nevertheless a direct relationship between allergy to bee products and bee venom has not been shown. However, cross-reactivites between bee products and bee venom might be relevant in some cases.

Original publication

DOI

10.1097/aci.0000000000000191

Type

Journal article

Journal

Current opinion in allergy and clinical immunology

Publication Date

08/2015

Volume

15

Pages

364 - 368

Addresses

Molecular Immunology Unit, Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, UK.

Keywords

Animals, Humans, Bees, Food Hypersensitivity, Insect Bites and Stings, Bee Venoms, Allergens, Occupational Exposure, Cross Reactions, Honey