Allergic Reactions and Prevention for Summer Insect Bites

Jul 10, 2018
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Allergic Reactions and Prevention for Summer Insect Bites

In most cases, insect bites are a minor annoyance that can cause inflammation in a small and localized area. For sensitive individuals, however, a bite or sting from the wrong insect could result in a trip to a Sugar Land emergency clinic. Here are some key points to remember when enjoying fun in the great outdoors this summer.

Insects Can Spread Disease

Ticks, mosquitoes and flies can transmit diseases that can prove dangerous or debilitating to humans. Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Zika virus and dengue are among the most commonly reported diseases spread by these insects. Mosquitoes are the most common carriers of Zika and West Nile viruses. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, a bacterial condition that can cause long-lasting and dangerous effects for those infected with this illness.

Spider Bites Can Cause Serious Health Issues

While spiders are unlikely to transmit diseases through their bites, they can inject venom through the skin that can cause ulcerations of the skin, necrosis, blistering, chest pain, nausea, vomiting and even death in severe cases. If you suspect that a spider bite may be causing a serious reaction, a trip to your Sugar Land emergency care clinic can ensure that you receive prompt treatment for these issues.

Allergic Reactions to Stings Can Be Dangerous

Statistics indicate that approximately 3.3 percent of the population could be susceptible to severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions to insect bites and stings. Bee stings are among the most commonly reported allergies. Anaphylactic shock is the most dangerous allergic response and can cause difficulty in breathing, wheezing, loss of consciousness and even death if not treated immediately at a Sugar Land emergency room.

Prevention Is the Best Medicine

Making sure that you and your family members are protected from insect stings and bites can help you avoid unexpected trips to the emergency room this summer. Some of the most effective ways for preventing stings and bites include the following:

  • Especially if you are planning an excursion into the woods, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent ticks and mosquitoes from gaining access to bare and unprotected skin. A hat can also provide added protection for the top and sides of your head.
  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents on your clothing. This can stop insects from perceiving you as a food source.
  • Avoid brightly colored clothing and perfumes to reduce the risk of bee stings.

By taking a few common-sense precautions, you can enjoy a sensational and safe summer for yourself and your family.

St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms can provide fast medical treatment for all types of emergencies. We treat allergic reactions to insect bites and stings, allowing you to enjoy greater peace of mind when dealing with these issues. Call our Sugar Land emergency clinic today at 281-980-4357. We are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week and on holidays to ensure that you receive the right care at the right time.