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Global view on ant venom allergy: from allergenic components to clinical management


Wanandy, T and Mulcahy, E and Lau, WY and Brown, SGA and Wiese, MD, Global view on ant venom allergy: from allergenic components to clinical management, Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology ISSN 1080-0549 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s12016-021-08858-1


Hymenoptera venom allergy is characterised by systemic anaphylactic reactions that occur in response to stings from members of the Hymenoptera order. Stinging by social Hymenoptera such as ants, honeybees, and vespids is one of the 3 major causes of anaphylaxis; along with food and drug exposure, it accounts for up to 43% of anaphylaxis cases and 20% of anaphylaxis-related fatalities. Despite their recognition as being of considerable public health significance, stinging ant venoms are relatively unexplored in comparison to other animal venoms and may be overlooked as a cause of venom allergy. Indeed, the venoms of stinging ants may be the most common cause of anaphylaxis in ant endemic areas. A better understanding of the natural history of venom allergy caused by stinging ants, their venom components, and the management of ant venom allergy is therefore required. This article provides a global view on allergic reactions to the venoms of stinging ants and the contemporary approach to diagnose and manage ant venom allergy.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:allergy, anaphylaxis, stinging ant, venom
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Immunology
Research Field:Allergy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health outcomes
UTAS Author:Wanandy, T (Mr Troy Wanandy)
UTAS Author:Mulcahy, E (Dr Emily Mulcahy)
ID Code:146809
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2021-09-28
Last Modified:2022-08-25

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