Stinging Insects

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.