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The following covers recommended pre-referral treatment and investigations for children of all ages presenting with a suspected insect allergy.
The most common insects that cause allergic reactions are bees and wasps. In some circumstances, depending on the severity of the reaction, the nature of the insect and the age of the child, a course of desensitisation injections is indicated.
An allergic reaction to an insect sting or bite may involve one or more of the following signs and symptoms:
Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) will typically include multiple organ systems (eg. hives and respiratory symptoms).
The GP at first consultation is in the best position to get the most comprehensive information from parents on the details of an allergic reaction. Please collect and include in your referral as much detail as possible. It is increasingly difficult to collect
this information later.
- Page the 'on-call' Consultant or Allergy and Immunology Fellow.
(03) 9345 5522
(03) 9345 6477
(03) 9345 6180
Victorian Statewide Referral Form (VSRF)
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Hospital (RCH) Victoria, Australia. The RCH is not responsible in
any way for application of the procedures or guidelines to patient
care at your facility. They are guidelines only and your
professional judgment must always prevail. Guidelines may not be
reproduced without permission. RCH Kids Connect - Primary Care
www.rch.org.au/kidsconnect . These guidelines were developed by
specialists at the Royal Children's Hospital and reviewed
by general practitioners in Victoria. Last reviewed in April,