Spring has finally sprung for most of us, but with the warmer weather and blooming flowers come buzzing and stinging insects like bees, wasps, fire ants, and hornets.
While most of us get redness, swelling, and discomfort when we’re stung or bitten by an insect, for those with an insect sting allergy, the stinging insect’s venom poses a more serious threat. This life-threatening reaction is called anaphylaxis.
It’s important to understand the difference between a normal reaction to an insect sting and an allergic reaction. Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction to a severe insect sting are:
- Difficulty breathing
- Hives that appear red and itchy
- Rapid pulse
- Wheezing or difficulty swallowing
- Swelling of the face, throat, or mouth
About 2 million Americans have allergies to the venom of stinging insects, and many of those are at risk for life-threatening allergic reactions. People who have experienced an allergic reaction to an insect sting have a 60% higher chance of a similar or worse reaction if they’re stung again.
Five types of insects cause the majority of serious allergic reactions:
Yellow Jackets: Black with yellow markings. Their nests are usually underground, but they can also nest in the walls of buildings, woodpiles, or cracks in brick.
Honeybees: Fuzzy with round bodies that have black and yellow markings. They’re found in honeycombs in trees or other partially protected areas.
Paper Wasps: Slender bodies with black, brown, red, and yellow markings. They nest in circular combs in partially protected areas like woodpiles, under eaves, and behind shutters.
Hornets: Black or brown with white, orange, or yellow markings. Their nests are gray/brown and are usually found in trees.
Fire Ants: Reddish brown in color. Found in warmer climates in large mounds. Fire ants attack with little warning.
If you have an allergy to insect stings, it’s important to wear a medical ID. Medical IDs for insect sting allergies are important because they allow first responders to understand the source of your allergic reaction and treat you quickly and efficiently.
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WASP STING ALLERGY
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