Treating an allergy to stinging insects can reduce the chances of a serious allergic reaction in the future.
|Frequency of Immunotherapy||Short build-up phase followed by a monthly maintenance dose.|
|Prerequisite||Diagnostic Testing: allergy test|
Stinging insects like the Honey bees, wasps, hornets and fire ants, can provoke a number of different symptoms. These can range from non-allergic reactions like pain and swelling at the sting or bite site, to true systemic and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). Of course, the latter is a lot more serious and potentially life-threatening. An allergic evaluation can help establish what the risks of a future systemic allergic reaction is.
Avoidance is certainly always the recommendation with any risk of an allergic reaction. Some cases may warrant prescribing an epinephrine autoinjector, to treat any future systemic reactions. Allergy desensitization with allergy shots (immunotherapy) can greatly reduce the chances of these more serious reactions.
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