Medical Definition of Sting, yellow jacket

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 12/11/2018

Sting, yellow jacket: A sting from a yellow jacket (or other large stinging insects such as bees, hornets and wasps) can trigger allergic reactions ranging from local responses of limited duration to catastrophic general reactions which can be fatal. The susceptibility to severe reactions appears inherited. Avoidance and prompt treatment are essential. Immediate treatment is with adrenaline by injection. In selected cases, allergy injection therapy is highly effective in desensitizing the patient. The three A's of large stinging insect allergy are Adrenaline, Avoidance and Allergist.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018