Bee sting allergy aware
Less than 4% of the 25 million Americans stung by insects each year have allergic reactions. Lots of worry and unneeded medications can be avoided by recognizing the normal reactions to stings.
Common reactions to stings include pain, swelling, and redness around the sting site, though it is also normal for swelling to extend beyond the sting site. Though the swelling is alarming in appearance and may persist for several days, it is nothing that antihistimines or steroids cannot alleviate.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction, or "anaphylaxis," include hives; itching and swelling in areas other than the sting sight; chest tightness and breathing difficulties; hoarse voice or swelling of the tongue; and dizziness or sharp drop in blood pressure.
For a free brochure on insect sting allergy, call 1-800-23-STING.