Stinging Insect Allergy page from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (linked provided by MedlinePlus) – http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/allergy-library/stinging-insect-allergy
Often people will refer to being stung by saying, “I was stung by a bee,” so “bees” or “honeybees” tend to get a bad rap. Just as likely they may have been stung by a yellow jacket, hornet, or wasp. They also have different kinds of venom, so if one were allergic to honeybees, they would not necessarily have a reaction from a wasp sting.
Representative questions that can be answered by this resource:
- What are the differences between bees, wasps, and hornets?
- How do you identify different insect nests?
- What is the best way to treat a sting?
- What are the symptoms of a severe reaction?
Overview on insect stings including identification of insects, prevention, treatment, and link to finding an allergist/immunologist.
More links on this subject:
Medline’s Insect Bits and Stings page – https://medlineplus.gov/insectbitesandstings.html
Bees, Wasps and Hornets Brochure by the NJ Beekeepers Association – http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/pi/pdf/beeswaspshornetsbrocure.pdf
Medline’s Allergy Shots page – https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000405.htm