What is the treatment for stinging insect allergy?

    Monday, 18 April 2011 00:00  Blog

If the insect left its stinger in your skin, remove the stinger within 30 seconds to avoid receiving more venom. The stinger and its sac may be removed with a quick scrape of your fingernail.
To treat local reactions to insect stings:

  • Raise the affected limb and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Gently clean the area with soap and water to prevent secondary infections.
  • Use topical steroid ointments or oral antihistamines to relieve itching.
  • To treat severe reactions to insect stings:
  • Learn how and when to self-administer epinephrine. An auto-injectable epinephrine pen can be prescribed by your allergist.
  • Always carry an epinephrine pen.
  • Remember that epinephrine is a rescue medication only, and that you must still have someone take you to the emergency room immediately if you are stung.
  • Consider wearing a medical alert bracelet that identifies you as allergic to venom.
  • In most cases, insect venom allergy shots (or immunotherapy) are almost 100% effective in preventing severe reactions. Your allergist will discuss the best form of treatment after appropriate testing has been performed.

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