When an insect bites most people, they develop a small area of redness and swelling at the site of the bite. However, people with a stinging insect allergy are at risk for having a much more serious reaction, including anaphylaxis (a life-threatening condition that impairs breathing and sends the body into shock).
Most serious reactions are caused by five types of insects:
- Yellow jackets
- Paper wasps
- Fire ants
The symptoms of stinging insect allergy include:
- Swelling of the face, throat, or tongue
- Difficulty breathing
- Stomach cramps
- Nausea or diarrhea
- Itchiness and hives over large areas of the body
*You should call 911 immediately or go to the nearest hospital emergency room if you experience this serious symptom.
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