Safety Tips For Those Allergic To Stinging Insects

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If you received allergy testing and it turns out that you have a singing insect allergy, you may be concerned about going outside when there is a risk that you might come in contact with a stinging insect. However, stinging insects are sometimes unavoidable and there are safety precautions you can take to reduce your risk of being stung. 

Keep Epinephrine Shots with You

To avoid an allergic reaction, bring two epinephrine shots with you. The shot may reduce your allergic reaction. However, you will want to still call 911 and get to a hospital as soon as possible. Use the epinephrine auto-injector if you are showing any signs of anaphylaxis. If the initial shot does not reverse the symptoms of an allergic reaction, you should give yourself a second shot within a half-hour. 

The Threat of Anaphylaxis

The good news is that an anaphylaxis reaction is rare and most who suffer from it recover. However, it is still potentially life-threatening. Make sure to inform any medical providers that you are at risk of this reaction and consider carrying a card with you that contains information about your allergy. 

Avoiding Stinging Insects in Day-to-Day Life

Try to stay away from stinging insects. Unfortunately, some may try to form nests within or near your home. If this is the case, contact a pest control specialist or beekeeper who can remove the hives without killing the bees. 

Encountering a Stinging Insect

If you do encounter a stinging insect, be calm and move slowly away. Some stinging insects, such as bees, are much less likely to sting you if you do not disturb them. Hornets, on the other hand, are more likely to be aggressive. Regardless, you should take precautions and avoid stinging insects.

Enjoying Outdoor Activities Around Stinging Insects

Many stinging insects, such as bees, are attracted to brightly colored clothing. Make sure to wear more muted clothing when outside. Also, try to avoid wearing sweet-smelling perfume. If you are eating and drinking outside, beware that sweet-smelling foods and beverages are very likely to attract stinging insects. Pay attention to straws and beverage containers to make sure an insect is not inside. 

Do not wear loose-fitting clothing. These can easily allow stinging insects to become trapped inside. They might then panic and try to sting you. You may be reluctant to avoid spending time outdoors during a beautiful day, so make sure to be cautions and aware of potential threats. 


6 August 2018