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by Carson-DeWitt R
 

Risk Factors

Factors that increase your chance of insect allergies include:
 

Symptoms

An allergy to biting and stinging insects can affect the area around the bite or sting and cause:
Anaphylaxis can be a life-threatening reaction that causes:
  • Skin rash, hives, itching, swelling in areas away from the sting site
  • Swelling of lips, tongue, face, throat, and eyelids
  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing
  • Dizziness, fainting
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Respiratory and/or cardiac arrest
Some insects cause respiratory allergies that result in:
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
 

RESOURCES

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
http://www.aaaai.org/

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
http://www.acaai.org/

Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
http://www.jcaai.org/

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

About Kids Health
http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/

 

References


Adkinson NF. Middleton’s Allergy: Principles and Practice . 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby-Year Book; 2009.


Insect sting allergies. American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology website. Available at: http://www.acaai.org/public/facts/insects.htm . Accessed July 1, 2009.


Middleton's Allergy: Principles and Practice . 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby-Year Book; 1998.


Rank MA, Li JT. Allergen immunotherapy. Mayo Clin Proc . 2007;82:1119-1123.

 

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