Stinging Insect Allergies (Bee Stings, Wasp Stings, Others)
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
- Stinging insect allergy facts
- What are stinging insects?
- What types of insect sting reactions occur?
- What are signs and symptoms of insect sting allergies?
- Who is at risk for insect sting allergies?
- What tests do doctors use to diagnose an insect sting allergy?
- What specialists treat insect sting allergies?
- What is the treatment for a severe allergic reaction?
- Are there home remedies for insect sting allergies?
- How can I avoid insect stings?
- What can I do about becoming immune to insect allergy?
- What is the prognosis for an insect sting allergy?
- Find a local Asthma & Allergy Specialist in your town
Stinging insect allergy facts
- Severity of reactions to stings varies greatly.
- Most insect stings do not produce allergic reactions.
- Anaphylactic reactions are the most serious reactions and can be fatal.
- Anaphylactic reactions can cause swelling of the tongue, hoarseness, difficulty breathing, and loss of consciousness.
- Itching, hives, skin flushing, and tingling or itching inside the mouth are typical signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction to insect stings.
- Avoidance and prompt treatment are essential.
- Allergists are physicians specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies.
- Epinephrine (available in portable, self-injectable form) is the treatment of choice for anaphylactic reactions.
- In selected people, allergy injection therapy is highly effective in preventing future reactions.
- The three "A's" of insect allergy are adrenaline, avoidance, and allergist.
What are stinging insects?
Stinging insects found in the United States include honeybees, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, and fire ants. While not everyone is allergic to insect venom, reactions in the skin such as mild pain, swelling, and redness may occur with an insect sting.
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