Medicine: Bee-Sting Immunity

Most people can take repeated stings by bees or related insects of the order Hymenoptera with no worse effects than local pain and brief swelling. But some become increasingly more sensitive after successive stings, to the point of a severe, body-wide allergic reaction or even death. Every summer such severe sting reactions are a major problem to doctors; treatment consists in giving antihistamines and adrenalin or a hormone of the cortisone family. But researchers are busy on ways to prevent such cases by helping sensitized victims regain the normal degree of immunity.

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