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Stinging Insect Allergy requires treatment when it causes symptoms of hives, lip or tongue swelling, circulatory collapse, throat swelling or shortness of breath. A large amount of swelling at the site of a sting is not a risk factor for the development of a generalized allergic reaction with a subsequent sting. A large local reaction to a sting is caused by the destructive effects of venom on normal tissues. Venom contains enzymes that break down tissue, similar to the way your stomach breaks down meat and other foodstuffs. In adults, hives after a sting indicates there is risk of a systemic or generalized allergic reaction to future stings.

In children however, hives alone is not associated with higher risk of a more serious reaction with the next sting. Desensitization is very effective for allergy to venomous insects. Almost all people successfully completing a course of desensitization are all protected from life threatening reactions. Desensitization is accomplished is a manner similar to environmental allergens. In general, increasing amounts of venom are injected until the equivalent of two sting can be tolerated without a reaction. Rush protocols that decrease the time between shots are used during the months when there is a higher probability of a sting and to achieve protection sooner. Those at high risk can be desensitized in several weeks using certain protocols.