The majority of stinging insects in the United States are from bees, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, and fire ants. Severity of reactions to stings varies greatly. Avoidance and prompt treatment are essential. In selected cases, allergy injection therapy is highly effective. Read more: Insect Sting Allergies Article
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Summer Skin Risks: Sunburn, Bug Bites & Poison Ivy
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Picture of Bee, Wasp, Hornet, Yellow Jacket Stings
Although many different types of insects in the United States are able to inflict a poisonous bite or sting (meaning they are...
Picture of Fire Ant Stings
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Picture of Urticaria
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Picture of Fire Ant Bites
The fire ant sting typically causes red hive-like lesions that burn and itch. See a picture of Fire Ant Bites and learn more...
Picture of Flea Bites
Some people are very sensitive to flea bites -- but scratching can cause a wound or infection. See a picture of Flea Bites and...
Bad Bugs: Identify Insects and Bug Bites
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Summer Skin-Hazard Pictures: Stings, Bites, Burns, and More
Don't let spider bites, sunburn, poison ivy, chigger bites, and jellyfish stings sabotage your healthy skin. Learn how you can...
Spider Bites: Black Widow vs. Brown Recluse First Aid
Learn how to identify black widow and brown recluse spiders. There are many symptoms associated with a black widow or brown...
Could I Be Allergic? Discover Your Allergy Triggers
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Treatment & Diagnosis
Medications & Supplements
- prednisone (Prednisone Intensol, Rayos) Corticosteroid
- prednisolone (Orapred, Pediapred)
- promethazine, Phenergan, Phenadoz, Promethegan
- hydrocortisone valerate
- diphenhydramine, Benadryl
- pramoxine (Itch-X, PrameGel, Orax, Sarna Sensitive, and Others)
- EpiPen (epinephrine auto-injector, EpiPen Jr)
- calamine and zinc oxide (Calamine Lotion)
- epinephrine injection (Auvi-Q)
Prevention & Wellness
- Health Tip: Insect Sting First Aid
- Health Tip: Insect Repellent Precautions
- How to Avoid Skin Problems When You Garden
- Animal, Bug Bites a Billion-Dollar Burden
- Health Tip: Identify Bug Bites
- Be Smart When It Comes to Spring Allergies and Asthma
- Take the Ouch Out of Bee Stings
- Arm Yourself Against Insect Sting Allergies
- Health Tip: Avoiding Insect Stings
- Average U.S. Home Harbors About 100 Types of Insects, Other Critters
- Health Tip: Caring for Bug Bites
- Genes May Determine Whether You're Mosquito Bait
- Stay Out of Stinging Insects' Way This Summer
- Health Tip: Follow Instructions on Insect Repellent
- Health Tip: Avoid Bug Bites
- Many Allergic to Fire Ant's Sting Don't Get Preventive Shots
- Health Tip: Defend Against Insect Bites While Traveling Abroad
- Mosquitoes Can Become Desensitized to DEET
- Deadly Black Widow Spider Edged Aside in California
- Over-the-Counter Bug Bite Remedies Don't Work: Report
- Insect Stings Hold Deadly Risk for Some
- Bedbugs Biting All Over U.S.