Bee stings are a fact of life, in our daily comings and goings. Let's face it, our world is full of flying and stinging insects.
IMO, there is an unusual preoccupation with stinging and stinging insects. People make way too much fuss over nothing. When stung, they usually panic and make things actually a lot worse than should/could be.
When stung, one should stay calm! If it was a bee, brush or scrape the stinger of and that is all that is needed!
Stay calm! Panic and anxiety makes things more painful and can cause secondary accidents. Panic in itself can cause an anaphylactic reaction which a calm person would not experience.
Reaction to the stings is actually the body-defense producing too much antibodies, to fight the intruding venom. Excitement alone, can and often does, cause this to occur.
General practitioners rarely know any more about bee stings than a regular person on the street. But, in an emergency GP can surely know how to save ones' life.
People are in general very ignorant and fearful, about insects, or life outside the four walls of our rooms in general.
Bee stings are a very specialized field and many a specialist is often very ignorant about the bee stings and test which they perform leave often much to be desired.
For a person who is concerned about reactions - he/her should consult a specialist who specializes in bee stings.
New methods ere out there and many are being developed as we speak. Desensitizing is often prescribed and it works.
So, I would not waste my time with GP, cause they are prone to write you a prescription, (they get a fee) which can leave one with false sense of security. We all too often get a prescription/antibiotic for a common cold and we all know too well, that viruses are not affected by antibiotics.
Doctors will also play it safe and tell someone to stay away from the bees altogether... Cause in their minds, why should somebody want to bother with stupid insects anyway?
They don't even have a clue, that without bees, many a stomach on this earth will go empty...
So, keep a calm head ! Get proper, professional advice!
Many a person has in the past returned to their bees without any danger and or undue anxiety.
But, only proper diagnose, treatment and desensitization, (if needed) will do the trick and give you peace of mind. . . . .http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2076.html