Allergy: Insect Sting (cont.)
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How do I prevent insect sting allergies?
Take precautions to avoid insect stings in the future.
Evaluation by an allergist for desensitization injections has been shown to be of benefit.
Obtain one or more epinephrine injection kits if this has been prescribed for you.
What is the outlook for allergic reactions to insect stings?
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.
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.
Medically reviewed by Joseph Palermo, DO; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2017
Paul A Janson, MD
Mary Buechler, MD, Deaconess-Glover
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Richard Harrigan, MD
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