DEADLY INSECT STINGS ALLERGIES ARE ON THE RISE: IS THERE A CURE?
From time to time we at GLOBAL PEST SERVICES like to share information on insects – and how to best protect yourself from these pests. The Las Vegas Valley has a lot less insects than other parts of the country but we still have to be aware of stinging insects- especially the yellow jacket.
From Boulder City to Southwest Las Vegas the dry and hot climate is the ideal time for these insects to sting - and this could be deadly for those allergic to insect stings. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology released a study in their scientific journal last week stating insect sting allergy is on the rise. The stings cause an allergic reaction in 5 percent of the population.
Most people do not realize that there is something they can do about it. A form of allergy shots called venom immunotherapy – while not actually curing sting allergies can almost always prevent a severe reaction if stung. The therapy usually provides immunity well after the treatment has ended.
The venom immunotherapy does not eliminate the risk of any allergic reaction to a sting but the reactions that occur are mild while on the treatment. Protection from severe reactions will take effect when the full dose is reached – within 2-3 months of treatment. Venom immunotherapy, as with other forms of allergy shots has a recommended 3-5 years course of treatment.
Dr. David Golden author of the article and study advises people with allergic reactions to insect stings to be under the care of board-certified allergist. Those that have severe reactions should be prescribed emergency epinephrine and should always have it with them. It is also recommended that the patient have regular testing performed by an allergist.
There are other precautions you can take to reduce the chances of an insect sting – wear long –sleeved shirts and pants while outdoors, do not walk barefoot in grass, do not wear sweet smelling perfumes, deodorants or hair spray if you plan to be outside, avoid floral and bright clothing, and be aware when eating or drinking something sweet.
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