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Stinging Insects
- A Summer Hazard

By Amy Auerbach, MD, Medical Director

Sun is shining, flowers are blooming, the pool is beckoning - and bees are buzzing. As much as we love to be outdoors in the summer, we'll be sharing our outdoor time with stinging insects such as honey bees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets. A normal reaction to an insect sting involves swelling, itching and pain at the site of the sting. This reaction can be quite large and in that case is called a "large local reaction."

For adults, a systemic allergic reaction can involve any of the following (or a combination of these symptoms): - hives, redness or swelling not at the site of the sting -nausea, abdominal discomfort or vomiting -difficulty breathing, cough, throat tightness, shortness of breath or wheezing - low blood pressure, dizziness or passing out (syncope)

For a child (under age 16), a reaction that causes hives without any other symptoms may not increase their risk of a future, more severe reaction. For any reaction, a trained allergist should help you figure out if your child is at increased risk for a systemic reaction in the future.

In some cases, an allergic reaction to a stinging insect can be life threatening or fatal. Treatment options include: - prevention: avoiding exposure to stinging insects when possible - an anaphylaxis action plan: training on when and how to use an epi-pen as well as other medications that can reduce your symptoms - insect venom allergy shots (immunotherapy- in most cases extremely effective at providing protection against allergic reactions to stinging insect).