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Insect Allergies

Many people have been bitten or stung by insects, with some experiencing uncomfortable reactions as a result. Fear of a future reaction with repeat stings or bites can significantly reduce a person's quality of life. Daniel More, MD, a board-certified allergist, takes the mystery out of these reactions with discussion of allergic and non-allergic reactions to stinging and biting insects, with recommendations on how to avoid being bitten or stung, as well as how to treat future reactions.

How to Treat Bee Sting Allergy
An allergist describes the best way to treat allergic reactions caused by bee stings, including what to do when you get stung, how to monitor for allergic reactions, and how to treat local reactions caused by bee stings.

Mosquito Allergy -- Tips for dealing with mosquito allergy
Learn some useful tips on dealing with mosquito allergy.

Insect Bite and Sting Allergy
Learn about allergic reactions from bites and stings from the most common insects.

Insect Venom Allergy
Most people experience some type of reaction after being stung by a bee or wasp. Usually, these reactions include pain and swelling around the sting. Allergic reactions can also occur as a result of a sting, and can even be life-threatening. Find out more about insect sting allergy, who should undergo testing, and the treatments that are available.

Mosquito Allergy
Most people experience some form of reaction from mosquito bites - the typical itchy red bumps that last for a couple of days. However, some people experience very large reactions from mosquito bites, and can even experience including anaphylaxis. Find out more about mosquitoes, the reactions they cause, and what can be done to prevent and treat the reactions.

Fire Ant Allergy
Anyone who has been stung by a fire ant knows how these insects got their name. While the stings are painful, severe allergic reactions to imported fire ants are common. Learn the DOs and DON'Ts of fire ants, and find out how allergy shots can essentially cure fire ant allergy.

Scorpion Allergy
Scorpion stings typically cause moderate to severe pain, and can cause tingling and numbness. Scorpion stings also can cause allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, in some people.

Reactions to Bedbugs
Bedbugs bites can appear as itchy, red bumps and are frequently confused with allergic rashes. Learn more about bedbugs, how to tell if you've been bitten, and what to do as a result.

Stinging Insect Allergies
Do you have a fear of being stung by a bee? You're not alone. Insect stings can lead to pain, swelling and sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions. Learn how to prevent and treat allergic reactions to stinging insects, and when to see an allergist to diagnose and potentially cure the problem.

How to Identify Stinging and Biting Insects
Can you tell the difference between a hornet and a wasp? How about a yellow-jacket and a honey-bee? If you think you're allergic to stinging insects, it's helpful to know what these insects look like! Take this quiz and test your knowledge.

How to Use an Epi-pen®
Knowing how and when to use an Epi-pen® is just as important as having one. People who have experienced anaphylaxis to insect stings or bites should carry an Epi-pen®. Review this video on how and when to use an Epi-pen®, and be prepared in case you are stung or bitten again!

How to Get a Medic-Alert® Bracelet
People with severe allergic reactions to insect stings and bites should consider wearing a Medic-Alert® bracelet. This device can communicate your insect allergy and use of epinephrine to medical personnel in the event that you are sick or cannot speak. These bracelets are especially helpful for the young child with insect allergies.

How to Use a Twinject® Device
Twinject® is a newer device available for the injection of epinephrine for severe allergic reactions to insect stings and bites. This device holds 2 doses of epinephrine to use, in case the reaction is severe and/or the first dose of epinephrine does not work. Learn how to use the Twinject® device before it is needed.

How Mosquito Allergy Ruined Your Vacation
Read about how mosquito allergy can ruin a vacation, and how people were able to cope with it. See submissions

Spider Bites
Learn about the different types of spider bites that may occur in the United States, including the symptoms and treatment for each type, as well as how certain skin infections can mimic spider bites.

Skin Infections Thought to be Spider Bites
Did you have what you initially thought was a spider bite, but found out it was actually a skin infection caused by something else? Share your story, and read from others, about how skin infections are commonly mistaken for spider bites.

Spider Bite or Skin Infection?
Learn how to tell the difference between a spider bite and a possible MRSA skin infection.

Spider Bites - Share Your Story
Have you been bitten by a spider? What type of reaction did you experience? Was medical treatment necessary? What ways have you found to avoid being bitten again? Share your story, and read from others, about reactions to spider bites.

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