Whether bee, wasp, bumblebee or hornet – for most people the sight of these little buzzing insects triggers an unpleasant feeling. Not without reason, because their sting is painful, the puncture often reddened and swollen for hours or even days. As a rule, these symptoms subside quickly. It is more unpleasant if the entire body is affected. 

Symptoms: Insect venom allergy is an immediate-type allergy. This means that the symptoms start immediately after the sting. However, not every swelling and redness is the sign of an allergy. ...more

Prevalence: Most people react to insect bites only with mild symptoms. A few, on the other hand, show allergic reactions. ... more

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Risk factors: People who work with bees or work outdoors often have an increased risk of insect venom allergy. The same applies to people who have suffered an anaphylactic reaction in the past. ...more

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Diagnosis: The diagnosis begins with a detailed consultation with the doctor, followed by a skin test. If this does not produce a result, further tests will follow. ...more

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Therapy approaches: The therapy of an allergic acute reaction begins on site with emergency treatment. After the acute symptoms have subsided, a specific immunotherapy (SIT) is usually administered to eliminate the sensitivity to the allergen. ...more

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Prevention:  There are many precautions that can be taken to prevent insects from coming into contact with those affected. If they are at increased risk, they should carry an emergency kit with them. ...more

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Research approaches: Specific immunotherapy is not successful in all people. Research is therefore looking for ways to tailor immunotherapy to individual patients. ...more

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