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Insect Bites, Bee, Wasp Stings, Direct Patient Care Resources

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Bee and Wasp Stings Overview, emedicinehealth.com, WebMD, Inc.:"Although many different types of insects in the United States are able to inflict a poisonous bite or sting (meaning they are venomous), the insects most likely to cause medical problems are bees (including the domestic honey bee, its Africanized "killer bee" race, and the bumble bee), wasps (including paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets), and ants (including the fire ant). These insects are all in the Hymenoptera order, and thus stings from them are occasionally called Hymenoptera stings."
http://www.emedicinehealth.com/bee_and_wasp_stings/article_em.htm

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Bug bites and stings, kidshealth.org:"Bug bites and stings usually are just nuisances. They bring momentary alarm, temporary discomfort and pain, but no serious or lasting health problems. But on occasion, they can cause infections that require treatment and allergic reactions that can be serious, even fatal. Parents should know the signs of an infection or allergic reaction, and when to get medical attention. Inform all caregivers if a child has any history of complications so they know what to do in the event of a bug bite or sting."
http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/emergencies/insect_bite.html

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Poison Control, Wasp sting, Medline Plus:"The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can be called from anywhere in the United States. This national hotline number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions. This is a free and confidential service. All local poison control centers in the United States use this national number. You should call if you have any questions about poisoning or poison prevention. It does NOT need to be an emergency. You can call for any reason, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002857.htm

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Wasp Stings, Medscape:"More than 25,000 species of wasps exist worldwide. They include yellow jackets, which are members of the genus Vespula and are large and aggressive. The female yellow jacket begins to construct her nest in the springtime. The nest is composed of a paperlike substance that wasps regurgitate from chewed wood or plant material. The nest consists of multiple vertically oriented cells, with the opening on the bottom of the nest. Envenomation or stings by members of the order Hymenoptera is a major cause of morbidity and mortality and accounts for more fatalities than any other venomous animal. The skin is the most commonly affected organ system. The result of a wasp sting can vary from a single area of localized inflammation to a generalized urticarial rash."
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/169324-overview

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When should I call a doctor about a bee or wasp sting? medicinenet.com:"Most bee and wasp stings can be treated at home, but some cases require medical attention. If there is any suspicion at all that a person is having a systemic allergic reaction, seek immediate emergency medical assistance. Signs that a person may be having a systemic reaction include widespread hives or rash, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and swelling in the mouth and throat areas. If a person is stung by an insect whose sting has previously caused an anaphylactic reaction, he or she should also access emergency medical care even if no symptoms are present." http://www.medicinenet.com/bee_and_wasp_sting/page3.htm#doctor

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