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When an insect bites you, it uses its mouth parts. When an insect stings you, it uses a special “stinger” on the back of its body.

Biting insects usually bite other people and animals, too. When they bite you, they can transfer blood from their other victims to you. That means that they can infect you with the diseases their other victims have. Mosquitoes, for example, can carry a few infections. And certain types of ticks can infect you with the germ that causes Lyme disease.

Stinging insects, such as bees, wasps, and fire ants, do not usually carry disease. But stinging insects can inject you with venom that can irritate your skin. Plus, insect stings can be deadly to people who are severely allergic to the insect venom.

An allergist is the best physician to diagnose stinging insect allergy and provide a treatment plan designed to keep you safe and healthy.

(Information only; not intended to replace medical advice; adapted from AAAAI)