Korean J Dermatol.  2005 Sep;43(9):1237-1240.

A Case of Delayed Type Skin Reaction Induced by Bee Venom Acupuncture

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Kangnam St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. knderma@catholic.ac.kr

Abstract

Honeybee sting is an important problem because of their high incidence and ability to produce fatal anaphylactic reactions. They can also produce erythema and edema at the site of a sting in non-allergic individuals and extensive local reactions in allergic patients. Bee venom acupuncture has been widely used in Oriental medicine as pain control, however, its side effects are not well known. Only a few cases of anaphylaxis by bee venom acupuncture have been reported, but there is no case report of its delayed type skin reaction. We report a case of persistent delayed type skin reaction due to bee venom acupuncture.

Keyword

Bee venom acupuncture; Delayed type skin reaction

MeSH Terms

Acupuncture*
Anaphylaxis
Bee Venoms*
Bees*
Bites and Stings
Edema
Erythema
Humans
Incidence
Medicine, East Asian Traditional
Skin*
Bee Venoms
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