The top nine allergens rightly command most of the focus of allergy management. But insect stings, especially in the summer months, cannot be forgotten as an allergy risk. There are many stories, including our foundational story, of those with undiagnosed insect sting allergies having an anaphylaxis reaction after being stung. Because they are undiagnosed, they are at a higher risk of dying. For HealthDay, Dr. Tod Mahr writes of the risks insect sting allergies and what to do if you do get stung.
Read Dr. Mahr’s recommendations here.
This Summer, Know Your Risk for Insect Sting Allergy
If you're dreaming of the perfect summer vacation, one element certain to be excluded from that scenario would be an allergic reaction to a stinging insect.
Whether you’re planning to travel within the United States or to a foreign locale, you’ll need to take precautions against stinging insects, especially if you’ve had an allergic reaction to a sting in the past.
According to a recent article in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, between 56% and 94% of people are stung in their lifetime. Of those, about 3% involve an allergic reaction.
The article examines types of stinging insects, circumstances under which a sting is likely to take place, precautions to take to avoid stings and treatments to consider if you’ve been stung.