Bee Sting Allergies May Arise at Any Point in Life

ABC News' Linzie Janis shows you how to avoid a potentially life threatening sting.
2:14 | 08/09/13

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And tonight, we have some surprising news about bee stings. Did you know you can suddenly become allergic at any age even if you were not before? Abc's linzie janis shows you the best ways to stave off a sting. Reporter: Tonight, a warning from the country's top allergy experts. Just because you have been stung by a bee before and been fine, it doesn't mean you're safe from a potentially fatal reaction. 51-year-old carolyn taylor fits the bill. Stung twice, no problem. Ten years ago, stung again. I could feel my face growing. I was so itchy. I called my husband over to look at me. The look on his face was he was terrified. My face was like a big, pink hive. My features were changing. You couldn't see my nose. Reporter: Immunologists warn that aller skris to bee stings are on the rise. 3% of people can have a severe life-threatening reaction. The thing that's so interesting about allergies is that you're fine until you're not fine. You could have been exposed before, all of a sudden, you're making anti-bodies. Reporter: August is prime time for bee stings. Visits to emergency rooms spike around labor day. How do you keep from getting stung? Avoid sweet-smelling perfumes. If a bee is near, stay calm, walk away. If you're stung, if you experience any difficulty breathing, swelling of your throat or weaker pulse, go straight to the e.R. Those who are allergic carry epipens. There are treatments that can prevent serious reaction. For the rest of us, more advice tonight. If you're going to be doing yard work, wear long sleeves and long pants. Don't walk around barefoot in the grass because yellow jackets build their nests on the ground. Thank you. When we come back, look

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