A sting from an bee, wasp, or hornet can be painful, but in some people a sting can lead to a life-threatening allergic reaction. These people usually have to carry an epinephrine auto-injector in case of accidental sting, but sometimes the reaction from a sting can be so severe that a person can pass out before having the opportunity to administer an epinephrine auto-injector. Additionally, many people do not always carry their epinephrine auto-injector and stings can sometimes happen when least expected. Venom allergy shots are very effective at preventing life-threatening reactions. Also, people who have severe reactions to insect stings are at risk for a condition called mastocytosis and require additional work-up. We offer:
Evaluation: of reactions to insect stings (including wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and bees) and discussion regarding possible treatment options. Not all patients and types of reactions are candidates for venom allergy shots.
Skin testing: for stinging insects.