Our expert says:
Being allergic to bee stings is very different to having a reaction to eating honey. When you are stung by a bee, a particularly venomous toxin is directly injected into the bloodstream, thus causing a type of poison reaction, which can in some cases be fatal. If you should be allergic to honey, this would cause a sensitivity or allergic reaction which would be much less severe. The two reactions are different and also caused by different components (toxins vs allergens). I do not know what the incidence of allergy to honey is in SA, but I suspect that it is probably low. Contact the Allergy Association by visiting their Website at: www.allallergy.net to find out more about such allergies.
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