Understanding Severe Insect Sting Allergy


Marie Cavuoto Petrizzo, MD, FAAAI

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Stinging insects can be an annoying nuisance during outdoor activities. In most individuals, a sting can result in pain, swelling, redness or itchiness at the site. However, for others with a stinging insect allergy, a sting can ultimately prove fatal.

Stinging insects include bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants.  Each of these insects produce venom, and sting to defend themselves or their nests. Typically, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps are aggressive and sting when agitated.

Anaphylaxis can be frightening, but being prepared will help you feel empowered to prevent a dangerous allergic reaction. Do you know all the facts?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015

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