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What re the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction to an insect sting?

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Severe allergic reactions (also called an anaphylactic reaction) aren't that common. But when they happen, they're emergencies.

Symptoms can include:

Get emergency treatment as soon as possible.

  • Trouble breathing
  • Hives that appear as a red, itchy rash and spread to areas beyond the sting
  • Swelling of the face, throat, or any part of the mouth or tongue
  • Wheezing or trouble swallowing
  • Restlessness and anxiety
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dizziness or a sharp drop in blood pressure

From: Are You Allergic to Insect Stings? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Stinging Insect Allergy" and "Stinging Insect Allergy: Tips to Remember."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Stinging Insect Allergy" and "Stinging Insect Allergy: Tips to Remember."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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