Allergy & Asthma Care Information - stinging insect precautions
The major season for stinging insects are the warm months from April to October. During this period, if you are highly allergic to bees, keep your 2 Epi-Pens and Benadryl with you at all times when you are outdoors and/or in the car. If you are stung, take 50 mg of Benadryl and if severe symptoms (hives, asthma, throat tightening, light headedness, feelings of marked illness) then take your first dose of epinephrine immediately. Immediately go to the nearest emergency room or call 911 if you have a severe reaction. If you start to have more symptoms or if your initial symptoms fail to respond to the epinephrine, you can take the second dose in 5-10 minutes while continuing to the emergency room.
Allergy shots are the key reliable intervention to prevent life threatening bee sting anaphylaxis. Both during build-up of shot doses and on maintenance it is also important to use common sense bee sting avoidance measures.
Prevent being stung by making yourself unattractive to insects. Wear white or khaki clothes. Do not wear black or brightly colored clothing. Do not use perfumed substances – hair spray, perfume, deodorant, scented soap, or sun tan lotion etc. Use insect repellant, but do not rely on it entirely. Try to avoid fast, jerky movements which may provoke insects to sting.
If you would like additional detailed information on stinging insect precautions, contact us and make an appointment at our clinic.
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