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Does a yellow jacket allergy mean a wasp allergy?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Dr. Andrew Murphy
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