Stinging insect envenomation and allergy remain important clinical and research problems. Approximately 40 deaths occur annually as a result of these stings. The dermatologist can help to avoid this outcome by appropriate recognition of the offending insect and by instituting or arranging the appropriate therapy and avoidance. Bee-sting kits should be encouraged for sensitive individuals. Dermatologists should be alert to the increasing imported fire ant problem, be able to make the diagnosis, and help the patient recognize and avoid these pesky arthropods.
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