Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, LLC
Rheumatology & Allergy & Immunology located in Manchester, CT
Insect allergies aren’t as common as other types of allergies, but they can lead to severe symptoms and even death. The experienced team at Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, LLC in Manchester and Middletown, Connecticut, specializes in the diagnosis and management of all allergies, including insect allergies. For an evaluation, call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.
Insect Allergies Q & A
What are insect allergies?
Insect allergies refer to an overreaction of your body’s immune system when it comes in contact with an insect. The contact may be a bite or sting, or from the insect itself or its excrement.
What types of insects cause allergies?
There are many types of insects that incite an allergic reaction. Some of the most common include:
Examples of stinging insects are bees, wasps, and fire ants. These types of insects inject venom into your body that can cause a reaction. While most people recover from an insect sting within a few hours, others may develop a severe life-threatening reaction.
Mosquitoes, bed bugs, and fleas are considered biting insects. Pain, itching, and swelling are common reactions to biting insects and the symptoms usually resolve over time.
Cockroaches are a household pest that can lead to an allergic reaction and may even trigger asthma attacks.
Dust mites, although technically not insects, are similar to cockroaches and can trigger asthma symptoms and attacks.
Stinging and biting insects are generally seasonal. However, cockroaches and dust mites can be a year-round problem.
What are the symptoms of an insect allergy?
An insect allergy causes an overreaction to the insect bite, sting, or contact. Common symptoms include:
- Hives or eczema
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
With a severe insect allergy, you may go into anaphylactic shock, which is a life-threatening reaction that requires immediate medical attention.
How are insect allergies diagnosed?
Your specialist at Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, LLC conducts a comprehensive examination when you come to the office with concerns about an insect allergy. In some cases, it may be easy to identify the type of insect you’re allergic to based on your symptoms. However, your specialist may conduct skin testing to find the allergen responsible for your reaction if needed.
What are the treatments for insect allergies?
Your specialist develops a personalized treatment plan for your insect allergy based on the type of insect causing your symptoms, the severity of your symptoms, and your medical history. Your treatment plan may include:
- Avoidance of the insect
- Insect repellant
You may also need asthma medication if you have an allergy to dust mites or cockroaches.
For a severe insect allergy, often seen with bee stings, you may also need an epinephrine auto-injector.
Insect allergies aren’t common, but can be life-threatening. For an evaluation and treatment plan, call Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, LLC or schedule an appointment online today.
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