Insect Bites (cont.)
An T Nguyen, MD
Marian Gambrell, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM
IN THIS ARTICLE
In the emergency department, you may be instructed how to use an emergency kit in case of future stings to prevent a severe reaction. The anaphylaxis kit contains an epinephrine injector, tourniquet, and an antihistamine.
You may be referred to an allergist for desensitization therapy. After testing to determine which venom you are sensitive to, the doctor will gradually increase the doses of venom injected over time. Desensitization is usually effective in preventing a severe reaction to future stings.
Must Read Articles Related to Insect Bites
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Insect Bites:
Insect Bites - Symptoms
What symptoms did you experience with your insect bites?
Insect Bites - Experience
Please describe your experience with insect bites.
Insect Bites - Treatment
What was the treatment for your insect bites?
Allergies & Asthma
Improve treatments & prevent attacks.