Stinging insects are a common cause of allergy and fear for us in the Midwest. While bees tend to receive the brunt of our blame and concern, it is more likely that wasps and hornets will sting us. During the end of summer, stinging insects have minimal food stores and start becoming aggressive. Did you know that if you are allergic to stinging insects like bees, wasps, or hornets there is a treatment available to help protect against a severe allergic reaction? Venom immunotherapy provides protection against the insects one may be allergic to. At our office, we begin with a detailed history of what has happened in the past. Based on the history, some people may not need further intervention. Many insect stings cause a localized reaction that can even last for several days, but generally resolves without further treatment. If the reaction is concerning, we will proceed with an appointment for skin prick testing, intradermal testing, and potential bloodwork. Patients with true venom allergy may also need to be evaluated for other allergic disorders.
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