Anaphylaxis/angioedema caused by honey ingestion
Abstract:Honey allergy is a very rare, but serious health condition. In this study, we presented six patients who described systemic allergic reactions after ingestion of honey. Three of the six patients had suffered from anaphylaxis. Honey-specific IgE was measured and skin-prick tests for honey were performed to diagnose honey allergy. The results of honey-specific IgE of all patients were positive. Four patients had high serum-specific IgE for honey bee venom and two of five patients had also experienced anaphylaxis due to bee stings. Skin-prick tests with honey and pollens were positive in five patients. Honey is one of the foods that can cause severe systemic reactions. Specific IgE and skin-prick tests are helpful for the diagnosis of honey allergy.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Pediatric Allergy and Clinic Immunology, Ankara Children’s Hematology Oncology Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
Publication date: January 1, 2014
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