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Bee, Wasp, Hornet, Yellow Jacket Stings

Childhood Skin Problems

Medically Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on June 22, 2021

Details of wasp sting and swollen upper lip

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Although many different types of insects in the United States are able toinflict a poisonous bite or sting (meaning they are venomous), the insects mostlikely to cause medical problems are bees (including the domestic honey bee,its Africanized "killer bee" race, and the bumble bee), wasps (including paperwasps, hornets, and yellow jackets), and ants (including the fire ant). Theseinsects are all in the Hymenoptera family, and thus stings from them areoccasionally called Hymenoptera stings.

Because many of these species live in colonies, if one stings you, you maybe stung by many. Although most stings cause only minor medical problems, somestings may cause serious medical problems and even death. Readmore about bee, wasp, hornet, and yellow jacket stings.

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