Stinging Insect Allergy

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The Mayo Clinic Division of Allergic Diseases specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of allergic reactions to stinging insects.

Mayo Clinic allergists see many patients who have experienced anaphylactic reactions to insect stings. A careful history is taken, and selected skin tests to various venoms are performed. If stinging insect allergy is confirmed, the allergist will prescribe a plan appropriate for the patient's allergy. The patient generally receives avoidance tips, medications to treat the reaction (i.e., epinephrine), and venom immunotherapy to greatly decrease the likelihood of a life-threatening allergic reaction from future stings.

Allergy Interest Group

Joseph H. Butterfield, M.D.
John B. Hagan, M.D.
James T. C. Li, M.D.
Miguel A. Park, M.D.
Gerald W. Volcheck, M.D.