As summer approaches, yellow jackets, hornets and fire ants become more active. Up to 5% of Americans are at risk for a severe allergic reaction. Many patients don’t know that many such reactions can be prevented by allergy shots. Symptoms after a sting may include itching, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness, nausea and stomach cramps. Please tell our staff if you have had such a reaction, and we can schedule for testing. And remember, any systemic allergic reaction must be seen and treated by a medical professional immediately. Call 911 if you or any of your family members has such a reaction.