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Insect Sting Allergy

Insect Sting Allergy

Am I allergic to stinging insects?

Some people can have severe allergic reactions if stung by a bee/wasp/hornet/yellow jacket. Your allergist will review the details of your reaction to determine if your reaction was a serious allergic reaction. 

If you have had a serious allergic reaction in the past, your allergist may perform allergy testing to these insects and you may need allergy shots to treat this allergy. Your allergist may also recommend carrying an epinephrine autoinjector as a precaution.

How do I avoid being stung?

  • Watch for insect nests near bushes, eaves and attics, and have any known nests removed by a professional.

  • Avoid flowering plants. Avoid looking and swelling like a flower (wearing bright floral patterns, scented lotions and sunscreens).

  • Wear long sleeves, long pants, socks and close-toed shoes when outdoors. Do not walk barefoot outside.

  • Keep picnic food well covered and avoid garbage containers around picnic areas. Do not drink from open containers outdoors.

  • If you do come in contact with stinging insects, do not swat them or flail your arms. Move slowly and calmly away.

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