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Be Prepared for Insect Stings!

See an Insect Allergy Specialist in New Orleans

Dr. Reena Mehta is a board-certified allergist in New Orleans that can help you and your children thrive over stinging insect allergies.

Dr Mehta is a very knowledgeable and caring allergist. She was able to immediately diagnose and treat my toddler’s severe allergic reaction. She has excellent bedside manners. Her office is pleasant, staff is courteous and nice. Parking is convenient. I am very comfortable about leaving my son’s health in her hands.

– Gauravi, February 2019

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About Stinging Insect Allergies

Overview

Symptoms

Diagnosis

Management

Stinging insect allergy, also called venom allergy, occurs when the immune system overreacts to the venom transferred by an insect during a sting.

In most individuals with stinging insect allergy, reactions are caused by 5 types of insects:
  1. Yellow Jackets
  2. Honeybees and Bumble Bees
  3. Paper Wasps
  4. Hornets
  5. Fire Ants

You can learn more about how to identify these and other stinging insects on the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology website.

A bee insect allergy.

Stinging Insect Allergy Symptoms

It’s normal for an insect sting to cause pain, redness, and swelling at the site of the sting. This reaction alone is not indicative of an allergy. Individuals with an insect allergy will also experience severe systemic symptoms, called anaphylaxis, when stung by an insect that they are allergic to. Symptoms include:

  • Swelling of the face, throat, or tongue
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Itchiness and hives over large areas of the body
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
Hives due to an insect allergy.

Insect Allergy or Toxic Reaction?

Toxic reaction occurs when insect venom acts like a poison in the body. Toxic reaction can cause symptoms that are similar to an allergic reaction, but toxic reaction is not allergy-related. Symptoms of toxic reaction include nausea, fever, swelling at the site of the sting, fainting, seizures, shock, and even death.

Insect Allergy or Serum Sickness?

Serum sickness is another distinct reaction to an insect sting that’s not allergy-related but can have allergy-like symptoms. Serum sickness is an unusual reaction to a foreign substance in the body that can cause symptoms hours or days after the sting. Symptoms include fever, joint pain, other flu-like symptoms, and sometimes hives.

Insect Allergy Diagnosis & Management

Diagnosis

Dr. Mehta can help you determine whether or not you have an insect allergy, and help you develop a plan in case you have another run in with a stinging insect. A proper diagnosis typically requires a detailed medical history along with skin and blood testing.

How to Avoid Stinging Insect

Avoidance is an important part of managing your insect allergies. These steps can help you limit your exposure:

  • Have hives and nests around your home destroyed
  • If you find yourself in the presence of a stinging insect, remain calm and quite and slowly move away
  • Insects can confuse bright colors and perfume scents with flowers; avoid brightly colored clothing and perfume when outdoors
  • Sweet foods and beverages can attract insects; cover food and drinks when cooking, eating, or drinking outside
  • Wear closed-toe shoes when outdoors and avoid going barefoot such that you do not step on any stinging insects

Be Prepared

It’s important to be prepared in the event of a sting. Be ready with epinephrine in case you have an anaphylactic reaction, and call 911 immediately if you experience anaphylaxis after a sting.

Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy)

Allergy shots can be an effective long-term treatment for stinging insect allergy, and can potentially help prevent allergic stinging insect reactions altogether.

Epinephrine for an insect allergy.

See an Insect Allergy Specialist in New Orleans

Make sure you and your children are prepared for your next encounter with stinging insects. See an insect allergy specialist. Dr. Mehta has a reputation for developing strong relationships with her patients and being exceptionally attentive to their needs and concerns.

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