A sting from a stinging insect, such as a bee, hornet, yellow jacket, or wasp, that can trigger allergic reactions. These reactions vary greatly in severity. Avoidance and prompt treatment are essential. In selected cases, allergy injection therapy is highly effective.
- Sting, jellyfish
Hydrozoans (for example, the Portuguese man-of-war and fire corals) Scyphozoans, the “true” jellyfish and most common type Cubozoans, for example the most toxic “box jellyfish” Anthrozoans (sea anemones and corals, which are related to jellyfish but only minimally poisonous to humans) Symptoms of a jellyfish sting can vary depending upon the type and location of […]
- Sting, yellow jacket
A sting from a yellow jacket (or other large stinging insects such as bees, hornets and wasps) can trigger allergic reactions ranging from local responses of limited duration to catastrophic general reactions which can be fatal. The susceptibility to severe reactions appears inherited. Avoidance and prompt treatment are essential. Immediate treatment is with adrenaline by […]
- Stockholm syndrome
An extraordinary phenomenon in which a hostage begins to identify with and grow sympathetic to their captor. Named for an episode that occurred in Stockholm in August, 1973 when an armed Swedish robber took some bank workers captive, held them for six days and stole their hearts. The Stockholm syndrome is not limited to Swedes. […]
- Stokes Adams attack
Sudden collapse into unconsciousness due to a disorder of heart rhythm in which there is a slow or absent pulse resulting in syncope (fainting) with or without convulsions. In this condition, the normal heartbeat passing from the upper chambers of the heart to the lower chambers is interrupted. This results in a condition called a […]
An opening into the body from the outside that is created by a surgeon.