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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Hornet Allergy (Overview)

This is no different from bee sting allergy and the reaction may vary from just a large local swelling to anaphylaxis (potentially deadly). See an allergist if you have had an anaphylactic reaction (passing out, breathing issues) since venom shots are highly effective (>95%). You will also be checked for mast cell disorder & prescribed epinephrine autoinjectors.


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What's a hornet, allergy ?

What's a hornet, allergy ?

A hornet is a wasp: (not a bee). Some people can have serious allergic reactions to their sting. Severe allergic reactions may present with swelling of tongue, mouth, lips or throat; difficulty swallowing ; breathing, wheezing, tightness of the chest, hives, generalized weakness, confusion ; slurring of speech. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Hornet Allergy (Overview)

This is no different from bee sting allergy and the reaction may vary from just a large local swelling to anaphylaxis (potentially deadly). See an allergist if you have had an anaphylactic reaction (passing out, breathing issues) since venom shots are highly effective (>95%). You will also be checked for mast cell disorder & prescribed epinephrine autoinjectors.


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What's a hornet, allergy ?

A hornet is a wasp: (not a bee). Some people can have serious allergic reactions to their sting. Severe allergic reactions may present with swelling of tongue, mouth, lips or throat; difficulty swallowing ; breathing, wheezing, tightness of the chest, hives, generalized weakness, confusion ; slurring of speech. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hornet allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Hornet allergy?

Allergy to hornet: This is no different from bee sting allergy and the reaction may vary from just a large local swelling to anaphylaxis (potentially deadly). See an allergist if you have had an anaphylactic reaction (passing out, breathing issues) since venom shots are highly effective (>95%). You will also be checked for mast cell disorder & prescribed epinephrine autoinjectors. ...Read more

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Can hornet/insect bites cause temporary allergies? Can any docs explain?

Can hornet/insect bites cause temporary allergies? Can any docs explain?

Depends whatyou mean: Hornet/insect bites can cause itching, hives, localized swelling all the way up to systemic reactions (anaphylaxis). If you mean can they cause nose or eye symptoms this would be indicative of a more systemic reaction (wheezing, swelling etc.). Any suspected systemic reaction should be treated immediately with Epinephrine followed by calling 911. ...Read more

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My 11 month old was just stung by a hornet. There are no signs of allergy but he's really fussy now. ?

My 11 month old was just stung by a hornet. There are no signs of allergy but he's really fussy now. ?

Of course!: I get fussy when i get stung by those things too. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol. Some say that applying meat tenderizer will neutralize the venom, but there's no real data, and it's probably too late for that anyway. He'll be fine - but if he shows any signs of allergy (like trouble breathing) call your doc or 911j. ...Read more

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I have allergies and recently discovered i can add hornet/wasp stings to the list. Years ago i had an epi pen but never used it. Should I have one?

I have allergies and recently discovered i can add hornet/wasp stings to the list.  Years ago i had an epi pen but never used it. Should I have one?

Yes: If you had a reaction which led to testing which showed that you were allergic to stinging insects, you should have an epipen (epinephrine). You should renew your prescription each year. You will probably never need it. However, if you do, you will be glad you had one. In some cases it can mean the difference between life and death. ...Read more

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Yesterday I was attacked by white faced hornets and although I have no allergy to them my hand has doubled in size. Can skin split from swelling?

Yesterday I was attacked by white faced hornets and although I have no allergy to them my hand has doubled in size. Can skin split from swelling?

With that degree of: swelling - you may be having a localized allergic reaction (even if you have never experienced allergic symptoms in the past). Have you had a tetanus shot in the last 10 years? Redness, warmth, pain, pus? Your reaction is significant enough - that I would recommend medical assessment. Take cre. ...Read more

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What is allergy tablets do?

Allergy tablets: Most allergy tablets are medications that fall into the category of antihistamines that block the effect of histamine. This treats symptoms such as sneezing, itching, runny nose, etc. Sometimes antihistamines are combined with decongestants to help with stuffy nose. Studies are evaluating "allergy tablets" that may work similar to allergy shots where the tablet contains the pollen, etc. ...Read more

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How to help with allergies?

How to help with allergies?

Allergies: An allergist is best qualified to diagnose and treat allergies. If you wish to try taking antihistamines like benadryl(causes drowsiness) or claritin(is non drowsy) to see if symptoms resolve or improve you can buy these medications without a prescription. If you think you're experiencing allergies, try to determine what they can be caused by and try an elimination technique of one thing at a time ...Read more

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How can I reduce allergies?

How can I reduce allergies?

Lots of Options: OTC non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, (loratadine) or Zyrtec are helpful for perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, however the gold-standard treatment are daily intranasal steroid sprays if your symptoms are more severe. Avoidance of triggers is important as well and allergy shots are also an option. Saline sprays are useful but will not provide lasting relief used alone. See Allergist. ...Read more

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How to cope with allergies?

How to cope with allergies?

Lots of Options: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful for perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, however the gold-standard treatment are daily intranasal steroid sprays like Flonase or Nasonex (mometasone) if your symptoms are more severe. Avoidance of triggers is important. Allergy shots also option. See Allergist to determine what medications could give you lasting relief. ...Read more

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What can I do for allergies?

What can I do for allergies?

Identify the causes: Allergy is becoming much more common in usa. The severity of your symptoms will direct the treatment. Sometimes over the counter antihistamines and nasal saline are sufficient. If your symptoms are severe or recur frequently then allergy testing may be beneficial. Environmental modification is also an essential part of treatment. ...Read more

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How can I stop my allergies?

How can I stop my allergies?

Avoid and treat: You can often lessen symptoms with avoidance and medications. To certain allergens you can greatly lessen sensitivity with specific allergen immunotherapy. You can lessen all ige mediated reactions with Omalizumab (xolair). As allergists we usually recommend various combinations of these depending on severity and duration of symptoms as well as comorbidities (other medical problems). ...Read more

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How can I treat my allergies?

How can I treat my allergies?

Nasal sprays not OTC: For seasonal allergies, the most effective options are the steroid or antihistamine nasal sprays, available by prescription. Not only do they work the best, but they are technically local therapy as negligible amounts enter the bloodstream. The OTC nasal sprays can cause rebound symptoms, which the prescription versions do not. ...Read more

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Why are fall allergies so bad?

Why are fall allergies so bad?

Ragweed & Mold: Allergy problems are often worse in the fall because of weed pollen such as ragweed. In addition, mold is worse in the fall because decaying plant material such as all summer's grass clipping and falling leaves. Ragweed is a potent allergen for those who are allergic to it and can cause fairly severe symptoms. The combo of weed pollen and mold is a double whammy. ...Read more

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Can allergies cause dizzyness?

Can allergies cause dizzyness?

Yes possible: but first see your doctor to rule out other serious problems for dizziness before you visit allergy specialist . ...Read more

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Why do you develop an allergy?

Why do you develop an allergy?

Genetics: Simple answer: most who develop allergy it is because of genetics and environmental exposure to allergens. In reality it is much more complex than this. ...Read more

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Should I worry about allergies?

Should I worry about allergies?

Yes..and no: Depends what you are allergic to. What type of allergy it is. Are you allergic to meds, foods, pollens, latex, etc... ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more