INSECT STINGS

INSECT STINGS

People who have experienced an allergic reaction to an insect sting in the past are likely to have a similar or worse reaction in the future. It is important to see a KCAA allergist for evaluation and treatment to lower the risk of a future reaction to less than 3%.

There are 3 types of reactions to insect stings.

LOCAL REACTION

Local reactions are typically not dangerous. Swelling and redness is confined to the area of the sting.

LARGE LOCAL REACTION

Swelling, redness, and itching may spread across a large area. These reactions generally aren’t dangerous. Contact us if the impacted areas are very large or overly bothersome.

SYSTEMIC REACTION

This reaction may include itching, hives, or swelling away from the site of the sting. It can progress to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction that causes difficulty breathing, dizziness, or cardiac arrest. Systemic reactions necessitate use of an adrenaline injector and immediate medical attention.

Kansas City Allergy & Asthma - Insect Stings
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