Hymenoptera Envenomation Overview
What is hymenoptera envenomation?
A person with hymenoptera envenomation has been stung by a bee, wasp, hornet, or fire ant. Caterpillar envenomation, by the puss catepillar in the USA also falls into this category. The venom from these stings can cause serious allergic reactions.
What are the symptoms of hymenoptera envenomation?
Common symptoms of hymenoptera envenomation include rashes, swelling, eye redness, itching, angioedema, wheezing, and diarrhea.
How does the doctor treat hymenoptera envenomation?
Treatment of hymenoptera envenomation may include epinephrine injections, antihistamines, corticosteroids, and other medications that diminish the allergic response. Allergy shots may be helpful in some individuals.
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