Tuesday, March 27, 2018
With the onset of warmer weather, there is an increase in plant and animal activity. People also spend more time enjoying the outdoors this time of year. These circumstances bring more chances for people to encounter stinging insects such as bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, and fire ants. These particular insects belong to the order Hymenoptera, and females of many hymenopteran insects, including those just mentioned, possess stingers which can deliver venom, cause pain, redness, and swelling. For people who have an allergy to insect venom, stings can cause life-threatening allergic reactions.
It is, therefore, very important to determine if features of a reaction to an insect sting suggest that an allergy may be present.
Signs that indicate the presence of a dangerous insect sting allergy include:
If you ever develop any of the above symptoms after a sting, it is important to clarify your allergic status to stinging insects. This is best accomplished by visiting an Allergist / Immunologist certified by The American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI). These physicians have received years of specialized straining in accurately diagnosing and treating allergic disorders, including insect sting allergy. Once a dangerous insect sting allergy is identified, a management plan should be put in place. Key components of a sting allergy management plan should include sting avoidance measures, outlining emergency steps to follow in the event of a sting, and treatment to reduce the severity to reduce the severity of reactions to future stings.
Sting Avoidance Measures:
Emergency Treatment in the Event of a Sting:
Reducing Sting Allergy:
If you suspect you may have a dangerous sting allergy, contact SouthCoast Allergy / Immunology for an appointment to see Dr. Wasil Khan.
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