Epidemiologic study of insect allergy in children. II. Effect of accidental stings in allergic children

Kenneth C. Schuberth, Lawrrence M. Lichtenstein, Anne Kagey-Sobatka, Moyses Szklo, Kathleen A. Kwiterovich, Martin D. Valentine

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One hundred eighty-one children with non-life-threatening reactions to insect stings and positive venom skin tests were randomized to treatment (53) or no-treatment (128) groups and followed up clinically and immunologically for at least two years to assess the results of accidental stings. Twenty-eight stings in 17 treated patients and 74 stings in 47 untreated children occurred, leading to one mild reaction in a treated patient, and eight in the no-treatment group (P=NS). No reaction was more serious than the original. Based on IgE antibody changes and skin test results, 87% of the untreated children were stung by insect to which they had clinical sensitivity by skin test. Vespid skin test sensitivity decreased 10-fold or more in both treated (72%) and untreated (44%) children. Of those with increased sensitivity. ≅ 70% had been stung. These data indicate that the incidence of sever reactions on resting is low in insect-allergic children, and that the majority show decreased skin test sensitivity over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-365
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of pediatrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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