The allergy specialists at UPMC in central Pa. offer diagnostic testing and treatment for children and adults with insect sting allergies.
Our specialists provide comprehensive treatment for insect sting allergies. We offer a full range of diagnostic and treatment services to help you understand and manage your insect sting allergies, including:
Insect sting allergies occur when your body has an immune reaction to the venom of a stinging insect after you are stung. Common insect sting allergies include:
Symptoms of insect sting allergies are caused by your body’s immune reaction to the insect’s venom and can range from mild to life-threatening.
Just about everyone who is stung by an insect develops itching, pain, or swelling at the site of the sting, but people who are allergic to insect stings develop more serious symptoms, which may include:
The most serious type of allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis, which can occur within minutes and is potentially life-threatening. Anaphylaxis causes dizziness, a sharp drop in blood pressure and, in some cases, loss of consciousness or cardiac arrest.
If you have had an allergic reaction to an insect sting in the past, you are more likely to have a similar or more severe reaction if you are stung in the future. Adults also are more likely to have a severe reaction to an insect sting than children.
Although there is nothing you can do to prevent the allergy itself, you may be able to prevent allergic reactions by taking steps to avoid insect stings and following your doctor’s advice regarding treatment of known insect sting allergies.
UPMC Allergy and Immunology
Located at UPMC Outpatient Center
21 Waterford Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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