Allergies and insects – stings, bites and house hold pests!

bee sting allergies

Spring is just around the corner but so are all the stinging, biting insects that can make your heart start racing just thinking about going outside. What used to be your favorite time of the year has turned into your least favorite. And to make matters worse, you just read about two very common “bugs” that live inside your home and work place all year long. Neither type needs to sting nor bite to cause an allergic reaction but both will trigger asthma and allergies in a lot of people.

Let’s talk bug!

There are many types of bugs or insects which can cause allergic reactions.

Insects that sting:

The most common stinging insects are the yellow-jackets, bees, hornets, wasps and fire ants. All can cause an allergic reaction. Their stingers contain a toxic venom. Most people will recover from this venom within hours. Others will show symptoms from mild to severe to life threatening allergic reactions, which need immediate medical care.

Insects that bite:

The most common biting insects are bedbugs, fleas, kissing bugs, mosquitoes and certain flies. These types of biting insects can cause reactions such as redness, itching and swelling with or without pain. Very rarely will people bitten by these types of bugs suffer life-threatening allergic reactions.
Ticks are another biting bug that can cause everything from Rocky Mountain spotted fever, to Lyme’s disease, to Colorado fever, to people who develop an allergy to meat. We don’t like ticks!!

Pests in the homes:

The most common pests in the homes are dust mites and cockroaches. Though neither bite nor sting they are the biggest cause of year-round allergies and asthma for many people. Too small to see with the naked eye the dust mite lives in bedding, drapes, carpets and stuffed animals. The dust mite and cockroach’s body and waste cause the allergic reactions, also triggering asthma symptoms and asthma attacks.

Basic signs you are allergic to bugs:

Those that bite can cause redness, minor to major swelling, itching and sometimes pain.
Those that sting can cause you to have trouble breathing, one or more organs shutting down, accelerated heartbeat, swelling of the lip, tongue or throat, dizziness, vomiting or diarrhea and anaphylactic shock.

Insects that don’t bite or sting can cause different types of allergic reactions such as sneezing, a stuffy or runny nose and itchy eyes. Almost identical symptoms to the common cold but if they persist more than two weeks it is probably an allergic reaction.

All allergic reactions, whether minor or sever are no fun. Take the necessary precautions when going outside to play or exercise. Cover up – tuck your pants inside your socks, use a natural bug spray and shower when you back inside. Clean bedding, drapes and stuffed animals often. And to build your immune system for seasonal allergies for where you live visit Meditrend