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.
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.

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

Very likely so. While one of our allergists on healthtap could probably answer this better i would say that you are at risk for allergy to other similar insects. Be careful. Consider an epi pen but i would definitely discuss this with your doctor. Read more...
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...

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...