Insect bites and stings usually hurt, but typically don’t cause an allergic reaction in most people. However, some individuals can have an extremely dangerous allergic reaction to insect bites and stings, such as wasps, bees, ants, or spiders. In many cases, first sting is painful but doesn’t cause a major reaction, while future stings can lead to an allergic reaction.
Following these guidelines can help prevent allergic reactions from insect bites:
- 1 Use insect repellant and wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs.
- 2 Avoid bright clothing or flowery prints, as bees are attracted to bright colors.
- 3 Wear socks and shoes to protect your feet from any insects on the ground.
- 4 Don’t act aggressively towards or move suddenly around bees or wasps; stand still, or slowly walk away from the area.
- 5 Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as dizziness, nausea, swelling, and breathing difficulties.
- 6 If you have a known allergy to wasp or bee stings, carry a medical alert bracelet and ask your doctor for an adrenaline injection.
- 7 Seal your house against insects and hire an exterminator remove nests, apply pesticides safely, and take other measures to prevents insect infestation.
- Obtain a medical alert bracelet and epinephrine auto-injector kit if you have a known insect allergy.
- Consult a doctor for insect allergy concerns or at the sign of an allergic reaction.
- Take preventative steps to keep insects outdoors.