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- Feb 09 2017
Can you be Allergic to Mosquito Bites?
Some people are allergic to stinging insect venom and hence are at risk of much more serious infection. This life-threatening reaction is called anaphylaxis. An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system overreacts to an allergen.
There are five types of insects which causes most serious reactions:
- Yellow jackets which are black with yellow markings.
- Honeybees have round, fuzzy bodies with dark brown and yellow markings.
- Paper wasps are slender with black, brown, red and yellow markings.
- Hornets are black or brown with white, orange or yellow markings.
- Fire ants are reddish-brown ants living in large mounds, mostly in warmer climates.
The normal reaction that takes place in the area of the bite includes pain, redness, and swelling at the site of an insect sting.
- A serious allergic reactions symptoms are:
- Swelling of the face, throat or tongue
- Difficulty breathing
- Stomach cramps
- Nausea or diarrhea
- Itchiness or hives over large areas of the body
Allergy testing is done by pricking a small portion of skin and a very small amount of allergens are put into it. If you have allergies, the swelling will occur in about 15 minutes where the allergens were introduced. Blood tests are also done.
Treatment and Management
- Avoid bright colored clothing and perfume when outdoors.
- Be careful while cooking, eating or drinking sweet beverages like soda or juice.
- Wear closed-toe shoes and avoid going barefoot to steer clear of stepping on a stinging insect.
- Avoid loose-fitting garments that can trap insects between material and skin.
- Consult the doctor immediately if symptoms get worse.
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