Insect Allergies:

Stinging insect allergy occurs when the immune system overreacts to the injection of venom from a sting by bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets or fire ants. Allergic reactions to an insect sting can range from mild symptoms such as getting hives or severe such as anaphylaxis which could be fatal.

Types of Stinging Insects

  • honey bees
  • wasps
  • hornets
  • yellow jackets
  • fire ants
  • paper wasps

Symptoms of Anaphylaxis

  • hives, itching and swelling
  • difficulty breathing
  • difficulty swallowing
  • wheezing
  • hoarse voice
  • dizziness
  • feeling of impending doom

 Prevention and Treatment

The best way to treat insect allergy stings is avoidance. However, avoidance may be impossible so it is best for the person with the insect allergy to carry an epinephrine (EpiPen) and know how to self-administer it if anaphylaxis occurs and to seek immediate medical attention.

For more information on insect allergy or to schedule an appointment with an allergist at Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center, call 205-871-9661.