About Stinging Insect Allergies

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Approximately 9.5 million Americans are at risk for a potentially life threatening systemic reaction to an insect sting.1,2,3 Those who go through this experience know it can be quite traumatic.

An allergic reaction is an “overreaction” by your body to a substance that is normally harmless. A systemic reaction, which is a severe allergic reaction, may include:

  • Swelling of the throat or tongue
  • Hives
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Cardiac arrest

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1 Golden BK, Marsh DG, Kagey-Sobotka A, et al. Epidemiology of insect venom hypersensitivity. JAMA. 1989;262:240-244.
2 Valentine MD. Anaphylaxis and stinging insect hypersensitivity. JAMA. 1992;268:2830-2833.
3 U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, Interim State Population Projections, 2005.