Bees, wasps, and hornets are a less-than-fun part of Texas summers. No one wants to be stung by a bee or other insect, but people who are allergic need to be especially cautious around them. Fortunately, seeing an allergist can help you manage your allergy to minimize potentially life-threatening reactions.
WHAT ARE STINGING INSECT ALLERGIES?
Bees, wasps, and hornets make up the majority of stinging insect allergies in the United States. Fire ants, centipedes, and other insects can cause similar reactions. Although minor pain and swelling are normal responses to a bee or other insect sting and do not necessarily indicate an allergic reaction, some signs that you may be allergic to watch for include:
- Severe pain, redness, or swelling
- Itching or hives
- Flushed skin
STINGING INSECT ALLERGY DIAGNOSIS
Be sure to see a doctor immediately if you experience anaphylaxis or other severe symptoms. Less severe signs of a possible allergic reaction should also be evaluated by an allergist, as some reactions may be more severe in the future than they were the first time. Allergy tests, such as percutaneous or intradermal skin tests, can confirm your allergy and give an estimate of how severe it is. Your allergist will use your test results to provide treatment options and steps to take right away if you are stung again.
RISK FACTORS FOR STINGING INSECT ALLERGIES
Like many allergies, stinging insect allergies can be genetic. Although children of people who are allergic to bees and other insects will not necessarily develop an allergy, they may be more susceptible.
If you suspect that you may be allergic to bees or other stinging insects and live in the Waco, Texas area, consider visiting AllergyWaco to be tested and learn about the best treatment options for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!