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Allergy: Insect Sting Topic Guide

Allergy: Insect Sting Allergy: Insect Sting: Several insects belonging to the class Hymenoptera are capable of injecting venom into humans and animals. These insects include:
  • honeybees,
  • bumble bees,
  • hornets,
  • wasps,
  • yellow jackets, and
  • fire ants.
Allergic reaction to these insects' venom can com in many forms; from redness, itching, and pain to anaphylactic shock and even death in those severely affected. Treatment includes caring for the symptoms as well as administering epinephrine and/or antihistamines.

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