Can someone be allergic to honey?

Most people are sensitive to some type of food. This can include food allergies. It is possible to have an allergy to honey.

Honey is a natural sweetener. It is made from the nectar of flowers, such as the clover. It is a carbohydrate. It is the most concentrated source of carbohydrates.

Food allergies are sometimes caused by proteins in the food. These might cause a serious reaction or anaphylaxis.

Food allergies are not common in the United States. However, honey is often used as a food additive. A number of people are allergic to honey.

Allergies to honey can be seen in a number of people, including babies. In some cases, people may have a mild reaction. It may take time to develop a reaction.

Symptoms of a reaction to honey

Symptoms of an allergic reaction to honey can vary. They can include:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Swelling of the lips, face, and throat
  • Hives that are itchy
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Trouble breathing

People with an allergy to honey may also have:

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Swelling of the tongue
  • Hoarse voice
  • Hives on the chest

In some cases, people may experience severe or life-threatening symptoms. These include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the face, mouth, and throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chest tightness
  • Fast heart rate
  • Fainting
  • Weak pulse

People who have an allergy to honey should avoid products that contain honey and related substances.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) provides information for people with allergies to honey.

The symptoms of an allergy to honey are very similar to those of food allergies. People may also have an allergy to a similar substance.

People who have an allergy to honey should avoid products that contain it. They should also be careful to avoid bee stings.

The AAAAI also provides information for people who have an allergy to honey.

Risks of an allergy to honey

People with an allergy to honey may experience allergic symptoms. They may also have an allergy to similar substances.

People with this allergy may react to honey in different ways. It is not known why people react differently.

People with an allergy to honey should check labels when purchasing honey. They should see if the product contains ingredients that could be causing the allergic reaction.

People should also avoid products that contain honey and related substances.

Other allergies

There are many different types of allergies. Some people are allergic to one substance. Others are allergic to multiple substances.

Food allergies

Some people are allergic to food. This is different from an allergy to honey.

People who are allergic to food may have an allergy to a protein in the food. These proteins are called proteins of a food.

Food allergies often cause anaphylaxis. This is a life-threatening allergic reaction.

It is not always clear what causes food allergies. However, several risk factors have been identified. These include:

  • A family history of allergies
  • A personal history of allergies
  • Exposure to foods in the past

In some cases, people may have a mild reaction to a specific food. It may take time to develop an allergic reaction.

Multiple allergies

Some people have an allergy to multiple allergens. This is known as multiple food allergies.

Some people are allergic to bee stings, pollen, and other substances. This is called pollinosis.

Other people have multiple allergies to:

  • Food
  • Chemicals
  • Medications

Symptoms of an allergy to multiple allergens may include:

  • Itchy nose
  • Itchy mouth
  • Itchy throat

People with pollinosis may also:

  • Have a runny nose
  • Have trouble swallowing
  • Have a swollen throat
  • Have a sore throat
  • Have a blocked nose

People with multiple allergies should avoid foods that contain allergens.

Pollen

Some people are allergic to pollen. Pollen is a type of allergen that comes from plants.

People may also be allergic to other substances that are found in pollen. These substances may include:

  • Pollen proteins
  • Pollen-like substances
  • Pollen-related substances

A person may be allergic to pollen only. They may also be allergic to other substances. These substances may include:

  • Pollen
  • Pollen-related substance
  • Pollen-induced food allergy
  • Mold
  • Mold-like substances
  • Mold-related substances
  • Animal dander
  • Animal hair
  • Animal dander-related substances

Symptoms of an allergy to pollen may include:

  • Itchy rash
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itchy nostrils
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen eyes

People with pollen allergies should avoid pollen.

Food, medication, and cosmetic allergies

Some people are sensitive to multiple substances associated with food, medication, and cosmetics.

These substances are called “food allergens,” “medication allergens,” or “cosmetic allergens.” This is different from an allergy to honey.

Symptoms of a food, medication, or cosmetic allergy may include:

  • Itchy skin
  • Itchy tongue
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Watery eyes

People with a food, medication, or cosmetic allergy should avoid the substance. They may also need to avoid it in order to avoid an allergic reaction.

Allergic reactions

An allergic reaction is a severe response to an allergen. It can be life-threatening.

The symptoms of an allergic reaction can be immediate or delayed. However, it may take time for them to develop.

The symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:

Anaphylaxis. This is a life-threatening allergic reaction. It can occur within a few minutes of exposure to an allergen.

Itchy face and throat. The itching may go away after a few minutes. However, it can return after a few hours. Some people have a rash on their skin, throat, or tongue.

Hives. This occurs when the body releases chemicals that cause redness and welts.

Swelling. This may occur in the mouth, throat, or lips. It may also occur in other parts of the body.

Fever. This may occur in the mouth, throat, eyes, or skin. It can also occur in the joints, muscles, or stomach.

Flushing. This is a feeling of warmth in the face and body.

Rash. This may occur on the skin, in the mouth, or in the eyes. It may also occur on the upper chest, back, or stomach.

Itchy tongue. This can occur in the throat. It may also occur in other parts of the mouth.

Summary

An allergy to honey is possible. People may also have an allergy to similar substances.

People who have an allergy to honey should check labels to see if the product contains ingredients that could be causing the allergic reaction.

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