Allergy to stings and bites
If you are allergic to hymenoptera stings, you could suffer from an immediate allergic reaction, a delayed reaction, or both. The symptoms associated with an allergic reaction are varied and range from hives (urticaria), fever, itchiness, sore eyes, swollen glands and painful joints.
In some cases, an allergy suffer may go into anaphylaxis as a result of a sting – this might occur immediately or could be delayed; so if you know you are allergic to hymenoptera stings it would be sensible to get medical attention following a sting.
Anaphylaxis is rare, fortunately, but it can be fatal. The symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction may include difficulty in breathing; facial swelling or swelling in the affected limb; abdominal pain and shock. The first-line treatment is to administer adrenalin by injection, but urgent medical attention will be needed – the allergic response may cause the airways in the lung to constrict, making breathing very difficult.