There is a site on the Internet named “Bee Aware” that provides information for patients and physicians about stinging insect allergies and venom immunotherapy. The quality of the information is good, so this website makes an excellent reference for the average person and can be reliably used by doctors and other health care providers to assist in educating their patients.
|“It is impossible, not to mention undesirable, to avoid going outdoors, but there are certain precautions that can be taken that will allow you to enjoy the outdoors while minimizing your chances of being stung.
It is important to remember that stinging insects do not seek out humans. The sting of these insects is only used against people for self-defense or in defense of their nest. This is why it is important to never approach or provoke an insect of this kind unnecessarily.
Regarding venom immunotherapy:
“Venom Immunotherapy (VIT) is a series of injections that introduce minute amounts of venom into your body. The amount is gradually increased over time to help your immune system build a tolerance to the venom proteins. This process is continued until your body has enough immunity to be able to tolerate a sting without your body ‘overreacting’. VIT has been found to be 95 to 97% effective in reducing the risk of systemic reaction in stinging insect allergic patients.”
The purpose of the program, in addition to educating patients, seems to be to facilitate referral to allergists, presumably to promote venom immunotherapy. So, it is not a completely unbiased site. However, that having been noted, the information is attractively presented and would benefit persons and groups interested in lowering the incidence of stinging insect allergic reactions.
This post, Website Offers Tips For Dealing With Stinging Insect Allergies, was originally published on Healthine.com by Paul Auerbach, M.D..