Bee StingAllergic reactions to flying stinging insects (honeybees, hornets, wasps and yellow jackets) are relatively common.
Most people who are stung by these insects will develop a reaction at the site of the sting that will cause pain, swelling, redness and itching. A smaller percent of people -- about 10 to 15% -- also will experience larger areas of swelling, and the swelling can last up to a week. Rarer still are people who have full-blown allergic reactions that cause anaphylaxis. About .5% of children and 3% of adults will experience anaphylaxis after a stinging insect bite.
In addition, about 40 people in the United States die every year from a venom allergy, although there are likely other deaths from insect stings that are attributed to other causes, and therefore this number is probably a low estimate. Most of these deaths occured among people without a known history of venom allergy. Still, keep in mind this is a very small number of people.
Who's most at risk of having an allergic reaction? People with a history of other allergic diseases, such as allergic rhinitis and asthma.
Signs of AnaphylaxisWhen someone has whole-body (systemic, or anaphylaxis) allergic reactions to insect stings, they may experience any or all of the following symptoms, usually within a matter of minutes to a few hours:
- itching all over,
- hives or swelling that spreads from the site of the sting,
- runny nose, sneezing or post-nasal drip,
- itchy/watery eyes,
- swelling of the lips, tongue or throat,
- shortness of breath, wheezing or coughing,
- stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea,
- lightheadedness, fast heart rate, low blood pressure or passing out,
- sense of panic or metallic taste in the mouth.
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