Stinging Insect Allergies
Bee, wasp, yellow jacket, hornet, or fire ant stings are the insect stings that most often trigger allergies. However, most people are not allergic to insect stings and may mistake a normal localized skin sting reaction for a generalized allergic reaction.
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The severity of an insect sting reaction varies from person to person. It is a normal reaction to have pain, swelling, and redness around the sting site. Sometimes there can also be a large local reaction with swelling at the sting site. This too may be normal and respond to supportive care and aid.
The most serious reaction to an insect sting is an allergic one.
A serious allergic reaction occurs when the immune system gets involved and overreacts to the venom, causing symptoms in more than one part of the body such as:
- Swelling of the face, throat or tongue, and throat tightness
- Difficulty breathing
- Stomach cramps, vomiting
- Nausea or diarrhea
- Itching, flushing and hives over various areas of the body
If you think you might be allergic to stinging insects, an accurate diagnosis and allergy test is essential so that you can be prepared for such a life-threatening reaction.
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