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Allergies to Insect Stings

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How Can I Prevent an Allergic Reaction to an Insect Sting?

Allergic reactions to insect stings can be prevented with allergy shots. The treatment is about 97% effective in preventing future reactions and involves injecting gradually increasing doses of venom that stimulate your immune system to become resistant to a future allergic reaction.

If you've had an allergic reaction, it's important to talk to an allergist, a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disease. Based on your history and test results, the allergist will determine if you are a candidate for immunotherapy treatment.

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Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on February 12, 2014
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