Bee Pollen Allergies

Bee Pollen Allergies: Signs For Common Allergies and Symptoms From Bees.

There's certainly much information on the internet, both positive and negative, about the effects of bee pollen on one's health. To many it's considered one of Nature's Superfoods.

While this site does not condone nor negate any type of supplement people use, I try to be as neutral as I can be and talk only through personal trials and my own research. Remember that bee pollen should not be confused with natural honey, honeycomb, or royal jelly.

I have tried bee pollen food in the past and I didn't notice any marked improvement in my health. That being said, it's not conclusive proof that you shouldn't try bee pollen or supplements that contain it. I do know that many people are allergic to bee pollen and for some it can be lethal.

What Is A Food Allergy?

A food allergy is your body's hyperactive state when it come into contact with something its allergic to. For most people, bee pollen and honey are not serious. To the best of my knowledge a bee pollen allergic reaction is rarely life-threatening.

For those that are allergic to pollen the signs and symptoms usually develop within a few minutes to hours after eating a food containing that allergen. Some people can have an allergic reaction or intolerance to bee pollen which causes unwanted symptoms. Pollen allergy symptoms vary from person to person and can display themselves in a variety of ways.

Bee Pollen Allergies In Children & Adults

Only about 0.5%  of people have an actual allergy to bee pollen. These symptoms can manifest themselves within a few minutes (most of the time) to a few hours and can include:

  • Abdominal pain (intestinal pain)
  • Congestion (sinus problem)
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives
  • Itchy skin (eczema)
  • Mouth and/or abdominal tingling
  • Nausea 
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Rash
  • Red or bloodshot eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Skin redness (flushing)
  • Swelling of lips, tongue, face and/or throat 
  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing

In severe cases with bee pollen allergies the victim can get Anaphylaxis shock which is very dangerous. It's a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Many times those that are susceptible to Anaphylaxis shock will carry epinephrine, sometimes called an EpiPen. This gives the person a shot of adrenaline and offers enough time to get him to the emergency room. Anaphylaxis symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty in breathing. The victim may have a swollen throat or airway making it difficult to breathe.
  • Facial flush
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Stomach pain

To the best of my knowledge bee pollen is purchased frozen or in supplement form. If you choose to use bee pollen you always want to follow the directions on the bottle. 

And if you're pregnant, thinking about become pregnant, or during breastfeeding, you should talk with your doctor or allergist before taking the supplement. If you think you have bee pollen allergies and intolerance or other symptoms of a food allergy, it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. 

Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing. These kinds of food allergy symptoms can be potentially life threatening due to Anaphylactic shock so it's best to get professional help. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.

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