Buffalo Grove, IL area residents look for information about treating insect venom allergy”
Most people have experienced an insect bite or sting that has resulted in redness and swelling of the skin. For people who have an actual insect venom allergy, the reaction to a bite can be much more serious and even life threatening.
One of the best ways to protect yourself from a dangerous reaction is to be aware of the differences between a normal reaction and an allergic reaction. To do so, we must first understand when and why allergic reactions occur. Allergic reactions are the immune system’s response to substances that are normally considered harmless. This reaction can cause a multitude of symptoms for the patients, and in some cases can cause an anaphylaxis, a severe and sometimes fatal reaction.
Normal reactions to an insect sting typically include some pain, swelling, or redness near the sting. Some people may even require the help of medications such as antihistamines to minimize discomfort.
Allergic reactions cause symptoms that are more severe, including:
- Hives or itching in areas other than near the sting
- Trouble breathing
- Tightening of the chest
- Tongue swelling
- Tightening or closing of the throat.
Symptoms of anaphylaxis include dizziness, a severe drop in blood pressure, fainting, unconsciousness, or cardiac arrest. Patients who are experiencing any symptoms of allergic reaction to insect venom must seek medical attention immediately.
Some of the most serious insect venom allergies come from:
- Yellow jackets
- Paper wasps
- Fire Ants
Treatment of insect venom allergies
Treatment for patients experiencing an allergic reaction to insect stings can include a combination of medications, fluids, and oxygen.
Managing allergic reactions can often be done with the aid of self-administered adrenalin (epinephrine) injections or EpiPens. Medical attention is often still needed after administration of the EpiPen for additional doses of adrenaline or other medications.
Immunotherapy is also a very effective method to treat venom allergies. Small traces of the venom are used to reduce your sensitivity and reaction to the allergen. With immunotherapy, patients can significantly reduce their risk for systemic allergic reactions.
If you are in the Buffalo Grove, IL area and would like to learn more about diagnosing and treating insect venom allergies, call us to schedule an appointment.