Do You Have an Insect Allergy?

As spring arrives, so do the bugs. We’re all swatting at mosquitoes in the evenings and avoiding honeybees that we see gathering around flowerbeds. But what if you have a severe bug allergy and don’t know it? Let’s discuss these allergies and figure out how to watch for severe allergic reactions.
What are the most common bug allergies?
It is important to be aware of the most common bug allergies out there. While everyone gets itchy after an ant or mosquito bite, a severe insect allergy can be life threatening. It is hard to predict insect allergies, but here are some of the most common insects that people have allergic reactions to:
  • Bees
  • Wasps
  • Hornets
  • Yellow Jackets
  • Fire Ants
How do you define severe allergy?
A severe insect allergy is more than just pain and redness. A severe insect allergy can be as dire as food allergies and requires emergency medical attention. Look for these symptoms to know if you or your loved one is experiencing a severe insect allergy and needs emergency help:
  • Sudden, persistent swelling
  • Hives
  • Swelling of the tongue or throat, restricting respiratory function
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Anaphylaxis—the life-threatening condition that can cause someone to pass out or swell up and have trouble breathing in a violent, sudden way. This symptom requires immediate emergency attention.
When is a bug-bite an emergency?
Most of the time, insect bites only result in mild, localized reactions—like itchiness, a slight sting, and skin irritation. These symptoms are not considered emergent and can often be treated with over-the-counter medication. But, if you or your loved one has persistent, worsening symptoms like those listed above, you might be experiencing a severe allergy. Severe allergies can escalate quickly, and if you start developing hives after getting stung by a bee, you need to see a doctor. These situations are considered emergent, and in cases like these, Grand Parkway Emergency Center is available 24/7 to help you treat your severe allergy emergencies.
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