Font Size
A
A
A

Allergy: Insect Sting (cont.)

Exams and Tests

One or more prior severe reactions to an insect sting place you at an increased risk of severe reactions with each sting.

  • It is important to let the health care provider know that you have been stung and whether you have had reactions in the past.
  • Be prepared to tell the health care provider all of the medications you have taken for the sting, both prescription and over-the-counter. Don't forget any herbal preparations or other treatments you may have taken.
  • Physical examination is the most important part of the evaluation of insect stings.
  • Your blood pressure and pulse will be checked to make sure you are not in shock.
  • Examination should also include the skin for swelling and hives, the lungs for wheezing, and the upper airway for possible swelling or obstruction.

An ECG or chest X-ray may be helpful but is not needed in every case. Laboratory tests are usually not helpful.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/28/2014
Medical Author:
Coauthor:
Medical Editor:
Medical Editor:
Medical Editor:

Must Read Articles Related to Allergy: Insect Sting

Allergy Shots
Allergy Shots Allergy shots, or immunotherapy, is recommended for severe allergy sufferers. Typically, immunotherapy consists of a three- to five-year course of allergy shots...learn more >>
Severe Allergic Reaction (Anaphylactic Shock)
Severe Allergic Reaction (Anaphylactic Shock) The severe reaction of anaphylaxis is an immune allergic response that is life-threatening. The symptoms are breathing problems, learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Allergy: Insect Sting:

Allergy: Insect Sting - Treatment

What's your emergency plan for dealing with insect sting allergies?

Allergy: Insect Sting - Experience

What was your experience with allergies after an insect sting?


Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Anaphylaxis »

Portier and Richet first coined the term anaphylaxis in 1902 when a second vaccinating dose of sea anemone toxin caused a dog's death.

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary