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


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.


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

Notice to allergen immunotherapy patients

Due to the emergency conditions of the pandemic, we temporarily allow allergen immunotherapy patients to wait in their vehicles. We feel it is now safe for all patients to wait in the waiting room. We are requiring this of all allergen immunotherapy patients effective immediately.

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