Summer Brings Stinging Insect Allergies
Posted by Shifrah on Monday, April 04, 2011

My little girl has been enjoying playing out on our sun porch as the weather has gotten nicer. But last week, I noticed that wasps were buzzing around, looking perhaps for a place to build their nest. My husband promptly killed them, of course – and hopefully they got the message that our house it not a good place for them!

This experience reminded me that after spring allergy season is over, summer allergy season – which includes a rise in stinging insect allergy attacks – will begin. And don't think that if someone has been stung once by something with no reaction there is not the risk of an allergy. In fact, it's the first sting that usually sensitizes a person who has a stinging insect allergy. Then, subsequent encounters with the insect's venom produce a reaction, which could be life-threatening.

So even if you aren't aware of any such allergies in your family, be aware that when wasps, yellow jackets, fire ants, honey bees, and hornets are out and about and do your best to protect your family. This includes trying to keep food items covered (whether they are being consumed or they are garbage leftovers), staying away from where nests could be, and using insect repellants like special candles or sprays like herbal armor. When insects are encountered, stay quiet and calm; don't do anything to provoke them or make them feel threatened.

Allergic individuals must be especially vigilant. They should always have their epi-pens nearby, and someone should always have cell phone reception to be able to call emergency personnel if the need arises. Tell others about the allergy in case anything happens.

For more information, see Stinging Insect Allergy – A Serious Buzzkill.

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