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Insect Bites (cont.)

Follow-up

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.

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