Insect sting allergy

For most people, an insect sting means a little pain and discomfort. But some people may have trouble breathing or itch and have hives all over after being stung. Their immune system overreacts to the insect’s venom.

Most allergic insect sting reactions in South Texas are caused by fire ants, paper wasps, honeybees, or hornets.

For people who are very allergic to an insect’s venom, a sting may cause a dangerous allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.

Fortunately, allergists can provide life-saving therapy that will help prevent such reactions.