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  • Insect stings are a common cause of life threatening, severe allergic reactions in Australia.
  • Insect bites are less likely to cause a cause severe allergic reaction, but can cause milder reactions on the skin.
  • You should visit your doctor or a medical specialist (allergist) to diagnose your allergy and advise you on what to do if you are bitten or stung.
  • If you are at risk of a severe allergic reaction, you must carry a device to inject adrenaline and a mobile phone to call for help.
  • In an emergency, always call triple zero (000).

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Reviewed on: 07-04-2017