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Does a yellow jacket allergy mean an allergy to all types of wasps?

Does a yellow jacket allergy mean an allergy to all types of wasps?

Not necessarily: Yellow jackets are more closely related to the white faced and yellow faced hornets. However there is significant cross reactivity between yellow jackets and wasps and it takes sophisticated tested to determine whether this is clinically relevant. ...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


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Does a yellow jacket allergy mean an allergy to all types of wasps?

Not necessarily: Yellow jackets are more closely related to the white faced and yellow faced hornets. However there is significant cross reactivity between yellow jackets and wasps and it takes sophisticated tested to determine whether this is clinically relevant. ...Read more

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Does a yellow jacket allergy mean a wasp allergy?

Does a yellow jacket allergy mean a wasp allergy?

Hornet allergy: Yellow jackets are actually hornets. Hornets are close relatives of wasps. Many, if not most, persons allergic to yellow jackets are also allergic to wasps because their venoms have many proteins and allergens in common. Many allergists when making a diagnosis of yellow jacket allergy will treat the patient with injections consisting of yellow jacket, yellow hornet and wasp venoms. ...Read more

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How long does a yellow jacket sting hurt ?

How long does a yellow jacket sting hurt ?

Yellow jackets: The pain from a yellow jack sting usually completely resolves within 24 to 72 hours. However, in my experience the pain began to lessen within a few hours. ...Read more

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What hurts worse, a yellow jacket, bumble bee, or wasp?

What hurts worse, a yellow jacket, bumble bee, or wasp?

The yellow jacket is: A wasp (not a bee). The bumblebee ; the yellow jacket both lack barbs on their stingers - so they can sting repeatedly. One difference is that the yellow jacket is very aggressive. A bumblebee usually only stings if you harm it or if it is protecting it's nest. The yellow jacket can both sting and bite ! when the female yellow jacket strikes, it releases a pheromone that signals other yellow. ...Read more

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How long does the pain last after a yellow jacket sting?

Yellow jacket: Yellow jackets can sting and bite. Marked pain ; significant itching may be experienced for 1 to 2 hours. Lesser pain / tenderness can take several days to resolve. Swelling may continue to ^ after 24 hours. Swelling usually resolves within a week with redness lasting around 3 days. ...Read more

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What do you think I should do after yellow jacket sting?

What do you think I should do after yellow jacket sting?

Yellow Jacket: Clean with soap ; warm water. Apply ice in 10 minute increments; alternating 10 on ; 10 off. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water ; apply. If it has been > 10 years since your last tetanus shot – get it updated. Throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if you wait to treat a yellow jacket sting?

That depends: It not allergic - just have less symptom relief. If severely allergic - a person might actually die. ...Read more