stinging insectSummer is in full swing and so are the busy insects around us! While they usually leave you alone, it’s good to know exactly what to do if they sting you – especially if you are prone to a serious allergic reaction from a stinging insect.

Do you know if you’re allergic to insect stings? Schedule an appointment with us today!

What are the symptoms of a severe reaction?

Some people are not as allergic to insect stings as others. If you are severely allergic, you could go into anaphylactic shock. Symptoms of a severe reaction and potential anaphylaxis include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Nausea or diarrhea
  • Rapid fall in blood pressure
  • Stomach cramps
  • Swelling in the throat or tongue

If any of these symptoms occur, you need to use your epinephrine injector and call 9-1-1 immediately. Symptoms can progress rapidly or slowly depending on the person’s body and whether or not this is the first severe case. When in doubt, always call for medical help. It’s always best for a medical professional to clear you of any potential issues.

What are some insects I should avoid?

Any insect that can bite or sting you and then insert venom into your body needs to be avoided. If you have young kids, consider identifying the following stinging insects with pictures so they can know to not go near them: yellow jackets, honeybees, paper wasps, and hornets.

Most of these insects will not sting unless provoked. Always be on the lookout if you are near one of their nests or hives. Remember that insects are attracted to sweet smells such as candy or sticky substances such as spilled juice.

How can Bluegrass Family Allergy help with stinging insect allergies?

When you schedule a consultation with us, we will be able to determine the severity of your allergy and prescribe the appropriate treatment for potential stings. For example, insect venom allergy shots are very effective.

Schedule an appointment today to complete a venom test! With an accurate diagnosis, you can enjoy your summer with security.