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Hornets and yellow jackets are types of wasps, which are in the
same family of insects (Hymenoptera) as bees and fire
ants. Wasps can sting a person repeatedly without losing their stingers, and
reactions can vary from minor to severe.
Wasp stings cause different reactions in people:
Wasps are usually more aggressive than bees. Yellow jackets cause
the most allergic reactions.
Home treatment is usually all that is needed to relieve pain and
itching from minor reactions. Severe reactions require emergency medical
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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