Allergic Conditions

What is venom/stinging insect allergy?

Insect stings typically cause pain, swelling, and redness of the skin where you are stung. If you have a stinging insect allergy a severe allergic reaction can occur with a sting. An allergic reaction can include flushing, hives, dizziness, difficulty breathing, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, and unconsciousness. Your allergist may test for stinging insect allergy by performing venom testing. If you have a stinging insect allergy, subcutaneous immunotherapy/allergy injections to stinging insects can decrease your risk of a severe allergic reaction from 60% to 5%.