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I have been having Panic/anxiety attacks over the thought of being stung by a wasp or bee. I have been stung by them before with local reactions that after taking benadryl clears them up. But a local person died of anaphylaxsis and now that is all that I can think of. The last time that I was stung I had a flow blown panic attack and now I am worried that I will die if I am stung. It is starting to effect my sleep and work patterns. I have xanax and take that prn. I am wondering if I should get tested for allergies to bee/wasp stings. Is having a panic attack normal after getting stung? and I have read that having a panic attack can bring on anaphylaxsis which makes my worring worse. I can actually make myself have an attack if I think of or see a wasp/bee. Please help

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replied August 20th, 2007
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Having a panic attack about getting stung is not normal. It seems that, in your case, the panic attacks are triggered by the fear that you could experience anaphylaxis and die after a bee sting. That fear is normal if you are allergic to bees. But if you are not allergic to bees, such a fear is not normal. Further, panic attacks can’t provoke or worsen an anaphylaxis reaction because those are two completely different processes.

A panic attack is an anxiety (neurotic) disorder with no organic lesion. It is treated with anxiolitic drugs and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). Anaphylaxis, on the other hand, is the most severe allergic reaction possible. It ca manifest either with cardio-vascular shock or asfiction and can end with death. Anaphylaxis is an urgent condition and it is treated with adrenalin, antihistamines and corticosteroids.

The only similarity between panic attack and anaphylaxis is that they are both dramatic. And yes, you might see an allergy specialist to discuss your fear and arrange for testing.

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