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Allergy: Insect Sting (cont.)

Outlook

Prompt treatment usually avoids any short-term complications, but any delay in the treatment of a severe allergic reaction can result in rapid deterioration and death.

The long-term outlook is usually good as well. Local infection at the sting site can occur but is rare.

Arthritis, kidney failure, or nervous system disorders are late complications of a sting (weeks or possibly months later).

  • This is extremely rare.
  • If you have joint pain or swelling, urinary problems, or unexplained numbness, tingling or burning sensation, or pain in the weeks after an insect sting, you should see your health care provider.

If you develop anaphylactic shock following an insect sting, you are at an increased risk of developing anaphylaxis in the future if you are stung again.

For More Information

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Tips to Remember: Stinging Insect Allergy

Medically reviewed by Michael Manning, MD; American Board of Allergy & Immunology


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/28/2014
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