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COMPREHENSIVE ALLERGY RESOURCES FOR EVERYONE - THE TOP 14 ALLERGENS AND BEYOND

COMPREHENSIVE ALLERGY RESOURCES FOR EVERYONE - THE TOP 14 ALLERGENS AND BEYOND

HONEY ALLERGY


Key Allergens

Honey is primarily sugar; proteins which may cause allergy have not yet been identified.

An allergic reaction to honey is most likely to be from what else may be within the honey, trace contaminants of:

- Pollen particles

- Antibiotics and herbicides

- Bee and hive remnants

Honey which contains pollen from the plant family Compositae (which includes sunflower and ragweed) is more likely to cause allergic symptoms.

Associated Syndromes

There is no information on syndromes associated with honey allergy.

Cross Reactivity

The link between bee sting allergy and honey allergy is weak. Bee venom is made of several components which work in conjunction with each other; these can be partially lost in the honey making process and do not have the same effect when ingested.

Resources

Websites

Bee Facts - British Beekeepers Association

Allergen Encyclopedia - Honey

Dermnet NZ - Contact allergy to propolis

Healthline - Allergic to Honey


Articles and Journals

Anaphylactic reaction after drinking tea with honey, 2021

A rare case of multiple severe anaphylaxis caused by thyme, black pepper, wasp and honey, 2019

Ragweed components in honey, 2017

Anaphylaxis caused by honey: a case report, 2017

Contamination of honey by the herbicide asulam and its antibacterial active metabolite sulfanilamide, 2004

Whole bee for Diagnosis of Honey Allergy, 2002

Immunochemical screening for antimicrobial drug residues in commercial honey, 1998

Venom allergy, 1998

Honey allergy is rare in patients sensitive to pollens, 1995

Allergy to honey: relation to pollen and honey bee allergy, 1992



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