Top 10 Trends in Medicine, August 2014

August 26, 2014

#4 Clinical Trend: Wasp Stings

Wasps are members of the order Hymenoptera, suborder Apocrita. Members of this order, which includes bees, yellow jackets, hornets, and ants, are found in all 50 states. 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.

For more in-depth clinical information, see Wasp Stings.

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