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Insect Allergies Prevention

Prevention

To reduce your chance of having an allergic reaction to either biting or stinging insects:

  • Avoid stinging insects.
  • Be very careful when doing yard or garden work. Beware when hiking in the forest.
  • Don't walk barefoot.
  • Don't wear scented products. Perfumes can attract stinging insects.
  • Keep exposed skin to a minimum.
  • Consider immunotherapy (allergy shots). These can lessen your reaction to stinging insects
  • Carry self-injectable epinephrine and possibly benadryl for severe reactions.
  • Wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace. These will inform others of your allergy.

To reduce your chance of having an allergic reaction to insects that provoke respiratory responses:

  • Avoid having carpeting, curtains, or other fabric that may gather dust in your home. This is very important in the room where you sleep.
  • Vacuum and wet mop your floors frequently.
  • Regularly wash your linens in very hot water.
  • Cover mattresses and pillows in allergy-proof covers.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2018 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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