Anyone who gets stung by an insect will have a reaction, usually minor: some redness, swelling, or itching at the site of the sting that normally goes away within hours. For some people, however, an insect sting is far from innocuous—it can cause a severe physical reaction, and even death. About one percent of American children and three percent of adults are allergic to insect stings. Luckily, only about 40 stings a year in the United States result in fatalities.
Insect Sting Allergy
Most insect stings cause irritation, but some may experience a more serious reaction. Know how to recognize the signs of allergic reaction and how you can treat insect stings at home.