Insect Sting Allergies
When most people are stung by an insect, the site develops redness, swelling and itching. However, some people are allergic to insect stings; meaning that their immune systems overreact to the venom.
If you are allergic to an insect sting, your body produces antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) the first time you are stung. If you are stung again by the same type of insect, the venom interacts with the IgE antibody and triggers the release of substances that cause an allergic reaction.
Insect Sting Allergy Symptoms
For some people with an insect sting (or venom) allergy, stings may be life-threatening and they will have a reaction called anaphylaxis. Symptoms may include two or more of the following: itching and hives, swelling in the throat or tongue, difficulty breathing, dizziness, stomach cramps, nausea or diarrhea; and in severe cases, a quick drop in blood pressure may result in shock and loss of consciousness.
Common Insect Allergies
- Yellow Jackets
- Honeybees and Bumblebees
- Paper Wasps
- Fire ants
Insect Sting Treatment
If you have ever been stung by an insect and had a reaction that might indicate an bee sting allergy, we can help provide allergy testing to determine the appropriate plan. Severe insect sting allergy treatments can include an Epinephrine autoinjector for emergency use and allergy shots that can reduce or eliminate your allergy to insect venom.