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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Yellow Jacket Allergy (Overview)

A yellow jacket is a type of venomous stinging insect. Allergy to it's sting can cause itching all over body), hives, swelling, difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing, nausea/vomiting, low blood pressure, and passing out. If you have ever had any of these symptoms after being stung, see an allergist for further evaluation. If itching or swelling just localized to sting - likely not allergy.


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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. Heidi Fowler
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Yellow Jacket Allergy (Overview)

A yellow jacket is a type of venomous stinging insect. Allergy to it's sting can cause itching all over body), hives, swelling, difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing, nausea/vomiting, low blood pressure, and passing out. If you have ever had any of these symptoms after being stung, see an allergist for further evaluation. If itching or swelling just localized to sting - likely not allergy.


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What is the definition or description of: Yellow jacket allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Yellow jacket allergy?

Venomous insect: A yellow jacket is a type of venomous stinging insect. Allergy to it's sting can cause itching all over body), hives, swelling, difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing, nausea/vomiting, low blood pressure, and passing out. If you have ever had any of these symptoms after being stung, see an allergist for further evaluation. If itching or swelling just localized to sting - likely not allergy. ...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?

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

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What to do if I do not know if I am allergic to wasp hornets or yellow jacket please help?

What to do if I do not know if I am allergic to wasp hornets or yellow jacket please help?

Is there a strong: family history or other particular reason for concern. Allergy testing can help to determine if specific allergies exist. ...Read more

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How long does a yellow jacket sting hurt is it normal for yellow jacket stings to hurt really bad but not itch?

How long does a yellow jacket sting hurt is it normal for yellow jacket stings to hurt really bad but not itch?

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. Pain without itching can occur. ...Read more

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Stung by a yellow jacket, what to do?

Stung by a yellow jacket, what to do?

Yellow Jacket: Clean area with soap ; warm water. Apply ice in 10 min. Increments; alternating 10 on ; 10 off. You can take tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water ; apply. Throat, airway, mouth swelling? Call 911! ...Read more

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Stung by a yellow jacket. What should I do?

Stung by a yellow jacket. What should I do?

Yellow jacket: Clean area w soap & warm water. Apply ice in 10 min. increments (10 on/10 off). Can try Tylenol, (acetaminophen) aspirin or motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make paste of 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water & apply. Need tetanus shot every 10 years. Throat, airway, mouth swelling or difficulty breathing? Call 911! ...Read more

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What if the yellow jacket stinger is lodged in my skin?

What if the yellow jacket stinger is lodged in my skin?

Yellow Jackets: Yellow jackets are the gift that keeps on giving! there is no barb on their smooth stinger – so they can remove it after stinging skin. This allows a yellow jacket (which is a wasp) to sting repeatedly. However, occasionally a stinger becomes stuck ; remains lodged in the skin. It may or may not have been a yellow jacket that stung you. ...Read more

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What allergic reactions could my child get if he gets stung by a yellow jacket?

What allergic reactions could my child get if he gets stung by a yellow jacket?

Yellow jacket sting: Yellow jacket sting can cause localised reaction with refness, burning, pain and itching and sometoimnes infectioin sets in. But this is less worrisome than the systemic reaction one can get with breathign difficulty, tongue swelling and in sever cases airway obstruction. If u know u have allergic reacctin before, you should always carry an epi-pen with you when u go outdoors. ...Read more

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How long will swelling from yellow jacket sting last?

How long will swelling from yellow jacket sting last?

Depends on severity: Of rxn. Swelling from a large local reaction can last for 48 hours up to one week. ...Read more

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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