Insect Sting Allergies
If you think you have ever had an allergic reaction to an insect sting, then you should be evaluated for insect skin allergy. Signs of a severe reaction include hives, shortness of breath, wheezing, throat swelling, facial/lip swelling, and redness or itching of the skin in areas separate from the site of the sting. If you have experienced any of these, you could be at risk for anaphylaxis. Insect sting allergy causes at least 40 deaths in the United States every year. While food allergy receives more attention in the media, insect sting allergy is actually much more dangerous. Allergic reactions to stinging insects are usually more severe than those to foods. And, it is nearly impossible to avoid exposure to stinging insects. The most common insects in America that cause severe allergic reactions are fire ants, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets, and bees. Fire ants have invaded Atlanta and are now commonly found on lawns, sidewalks, and parking lots. We can quickly cure your insect sting allergy by treating you with immunotherapy (allergy shots).