About 10 out of 100 adults have large, localized
allergic reactions to insect stings.1 More serious,
systemic (whole-body) reactions occur in about 3 out of 100 adults and less than 1 out of 100 children.2
Nearly a third of people living in the U.S. believe they have a food allergy, according to a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association . But only 5% of children and 4% of teens and adults have true food allergies.
Why do many people think they have a food allergy when they don't?
Experts say it’s because people don’t understand what really constitutes a food allergy and they often misuse the term.
“Unfortunately, the term ‘allergy’ is sometimes used by the public...
Allergies to insect stings cause around 40 deaths a year in the U.S.,
usually in adults over the age of 45 and sometimes in young children.1
It is difficult to predict whether you will have allergic reactions
to future stings. After you develop an allergy to an insect's venom, it may
become more severe each time you are stung, or you may not have an allergic
reaction to the next sting—especially if you received treatment for the first
sting allergy. Insect sting allergies may decline or fade over time,
particularly in children.