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Which stings from wasps, hornets or yellow jackets are the most dangerous?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Hornets

Hornets ; yellow jackets are both wasps.
Hornet stings are usually more painful than other wasps because their venom contains 5% acetylcholine. Some hornet species have extremely toxic venom. The asian giant hornet has the most dangerous venom ; is responsible for many deaths every year. Single stings are not usually lethal (severe allergies can be the exception to this rule). Both yellow jackets.

In brief: Hornets

Hornets ; yellow jackets are both wasps.
Hornet stings are usually more painful than other wasps because their venom contains 5% acetylcholine. Some hornet species have extremely toxic venom. The asian giant hornet has the most dangerous venom ; is responsible for many deaths every year. Single stings are not usually lethal (severe allergies can be the exception to this rule). Both yellow jackets.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
& hornets release attack pheromones – so that multiple wasps strike at the same time. Neither Hornets nor Yellow Jackets have barbs on their stingers -so they can sting repeatedly. Yellow jackets are capable of biting as well as stinging.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: All are potentially

There is no distinction between these groups of stinging insects as to which one is worse.
Typically yellow jackets are the more aggressive species and the one more likely to sting an individual but all can be dangerous.

In brief: All are potentially

There is no distinction between these groups of stinging insects as to which one is worse.
Typically yellow jackets are the more aggressive species and the one more likely to sting an individual but all can be dangerous.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
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Dr. Terence Grogan
Family Medicine

In brief: Depends

They are about the same unless you are severely allergic to one and not the others.

In brief: Depends

They are about the same unless you are severely allergic to one and not the others.
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