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
Putzing in the garden is nothing less than therapy. It's even good exercise,
if you exert enough effort. But the sneezing and stuffy-headed feeling that
lingers afterwards -- that's the downside of gardening with allergies.
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.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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