Some insect stings can cause severe allergic reactions, which is why allergy testing and being prepared in case you get stung can be life-saving. At Premier Allergy and Asthma, the expert team of allergists offers stinging insect allergy treatments at offices in Dublin, Westerville, Canal Winchester, Lancaster, Marysville, Delaware, New Albany, Hilliard, Grove City, and Grandview, Ohio. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to get tested or treated today.
Stinging insect allergies occur when you have an allergic reaction to insect stings. For example, you might experience unpleasant symptoms after getting stung by a honeybee, white-faced hornet, wasp, yellow hornet, or yellow jacket. Being prepared can help reduce serious or life-threatening symptoms.
Unless you undergo insect allergy testing, you might not know you’re allergic to insect stings until you get stung. Common symptoms include:
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening emergency that may cause your body to go into shock. You might experience nausea, vomiting, dizziness, shortness of breath, low blood pressure, and loss of consciousness. Immediate medical treatment can save your life.
To diagnose stinging insect allergies and find out if you’re allergic to anything else, your Premier Allergy and Asthma provider reviews your medical history and symptoms. They may complete a blood test or skin prick test, which involves pricking your skin with potential allergens and observing the skin for signs of red, raised bumps.
Your personalized stinging insect allergy treatment plan might include:
Immunotherapy involves exposing you to insect venom in tiny amounts that are too small to cause a severe allergic reaction. Your allergist injects you with the venom over a period of weeks or months and gradually increases the dosage until your body builds up a tolerance to it.
Carrying emergency epinephrine with you at all times can save your life. Injecting yourself with medicine helps reduce severe symptoms associated with stinging insect allergies. Carry an epinephrine shot with you even during immunotherapy treatment as an added precaution.
While there’s no surefire way to avoid getting stung by insects, taking certain precautions can help. Have professionals remove insects that nest near your home. If you come in contact with stinging insects, stay calm and slowly walk away. Keep food covered when you eat outside and avoid wearing open-toe shoes.
Don’t take the chance of experiencing a severe allergic reaction to an insect sting. Schedule an appointment with Premier Allergy and Asthma over the phone to get tested or treated today.