Asia Pacific

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Educational & Teaching Material Case Report Asia Pac Allergy 2017;7:48-50

Anaphylaxis caused by honey: a case report Rita Aguiar1,*, Fátima Cabral Duarte1, Ana Mendes1, Borja Bartolomé2, and Manuel Pereira Barbosa1 1

Department Immunoallergology, Hospital de Santa Maria, Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, E.P.E, 1649-035 Lisbon, Portugal Research and Development Department, Bial-Aristegui, Bilbao 48008, Spain


Honey allergy is a very rare, but serious health condition. In this study, we presented 1 patient who had anaphylaxis after the honey allergological investigation with skin prick-prick test with honey. Honey as a food has been associated to allergic reactions and as the increased consumption of honey in health food may increase the incidence of honey-related allergic reactions. Key words: Honey; Anaphylaxis; Prick-to-prick test



Honey is widely consumed all over the world, especially in Portugal, but until now very few cases of honey allergy has been reported. Honey is known as a potential allergenic food and can cause reactions ranging from mild symptoms such as cough to severe as anaphylaxis. Honey contains a large number of components derived from bees (gland secretions and wax), as well as from substances related to their foraging activity (flower nectar and pollens). Pollen proteins (Compositae pollen) and glandular proteins from bees have been referred as the main allergens involved in this type of allergy [1, 2]. Allergy to honey is rare. Although the actual incidence of allergy to honey in the general population is unknown, it is estimated to be

Anaphylaxis caused by honey: a case report.

Honey allergy is a very rare, but serious health condition. In this study, we presented 1 patient who had anaphylaxis after the honey allergological i...
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