« Previous Page
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:
July 8, 2013
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.