Deadly Insect Allergies Are on the Rise, But Immunotherapy Shots Can Help

Don’t like bees? You have reason to be afraid, especially this time of year. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) says insect sting allergies are increasing, affecting five percent of the population.

Every year, as many as 50 people die from insect stings, according to Dr. David Golden, whose report on insect stings appeared Thursday in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Half of fatal reactions happen to people who’ve never been stung before.

Ray Shaw, former president of Dow Jones & Company and president of The Wall Street Journal, died in July 2009 at age 75 after being stung by a wasp. He previously had no known allergy to bee stings.

Golden, chair of the ACAAI’s Hypersensitivity Committee, said these deaths can often be prevented if the person is treated with venom immunotherapy, or VIT.

via Deadly Insect Allergies Are on the Rise, But Immunotherapy Shots Can Help.

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