Medical Definition of Yellow jacket sting

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Yellow jacket sting: 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 12/27/2018

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