An allergy is a harmful reaction to substances. Many have allergic reactions to insect stings or bites or being exposed to certain insects in their surroundings.
“The Pittsburgh Allergist” is experienced in treating Insect Allergy conditions.
Our services include testing for certain insect allergies - (e.g. bees, yellow jackets, and fire ants). When we are certain that a particular allergy exists, we give directions on the best ways to avoid situations where getting a bug bite is more likely and what to do if you are stung. If you are extremely allergic to insect bites, it’s very useful to receive insect venom allergy shots.
Venom immunotherapy is almost 100% effective in preventing serious reactions to insect stings. The release of these chemicals can cause someone to have these symptoms:
Itchy, watery, or swollen eyes
Drop in blood pressure, causing lightheadedness or loss of consciousness
Insects that can trigger allergic reactions Typical insect bites that activate allergic responses include: honeybees, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps and fire ants. When these bugs sting, they inject venom into the skin. Typically, an allergic reaction will not occur on the first sting. Reactions usually show up after the second or third time. We also offer other services like:
Immunology or Immunotherapy
Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)
An insect sting will usually cause considerable pain, swelling, heat and heightened redness around the injection. When someone is allergic, the swelling and pain usually spreads over a much larger area.
Usually, the reaction is short-lived, with redness and swelling followed by pain and itching. Generally, the reaction lasts only a few hours, although some may last longer. For some people, however, allergic reactions to these insect stings can be life threatening.