1) Between 56% and 94% of adults worldwide have been stung by an insect at least once.
2) 55% of people who move to an area with Imported Fire Ants report stings within 1 month.
3) 60% of the allergic reactions to insect stings are reported by males.
4) Insect sting allergy is present in only 0.15% to 0.8% percent of children.
5) Adults have a higher prevalence of sting allergies: 0.3 to 8.9 percent.
6) In the US 40-100 deaths per year occur due to insect sting anaphylaxis.
7) Insect stings account for about 30% of emergency room cases of anaphylaxis and 20% of all anaphylaxis related deaths.
8) Large local reactions to insect stings, such as swelling of an entire limb occurs in 2.4% to 26% of the population. Not surprisingly beekeepers report higher rates.
The authors discuss medical treatment of sting reactions (primarily administration of epinephrine) and recommend venom immunotherapy for people who have the most severe reactions.
*Pesek RD, Lockey RF. Management of Insect Sting Hypersensitivity: An Update. Allergy Asthma Immunol Res. 2013 May;5(3):129-137.