It’s officially spring in Middle Georgia, which means that the sun is shining, temperatures are warmer, and flowers are starting to bloom. But if you have a bee sting allergy, the arrival of spring can cause some anxiety as the bees also begin to reemerge.
Three Ways to Thrive Outside with a Bee Sting Allergy
Here are three ways to enjoy the spring season while protecting yourself from bee sting reactions:
1. Avoid Areas Where Bees Might Be Present
Yellow jacket, wasp, or honeybee stings can cause severe reactions. Paper wasps and eastern yellowjackets are common in Georgia, so keep an eye out for nests on your property or whatever outdoor space you are spending time in, including:
- Hiking Trails
- Wooded areas
When you are outside, avoid scented products or perfume and wear insect repellent if need be.
If you see a bee buzzing around you when outdoors, do not panic. Engaging with the bee or trying to swat it away may increase your likelihood of getting stung. Instead, stay calm and wait for the bee to fly away.
2. Carry an EpiPen
If you have a severe bee sting allergy, it is vital that you carry an EpiPen with you at all times.
EpiPen is one of the most common brand names for epinephrine auto-injectors. These devices control the symptoms of severe allergy reactions, including life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Talk to your healthcare provider about getting an EpiPen if you have a severe bee sting allergy.
Seek emergency medical in addition to using an EpiPen in the event of a severe reaction.
3. Wear a Medical Identification Bracelet
Medical bracelets are worn on your wrist or as a necklace and contain info regarding your medical conditions and emergency contacts. A medical bracelet alerts people of your allergy, which can be especially important if you fall unconscious. These bracelets provide medical personnel immediate access to your medical information, which can be lifesaving in the event of an emergency. Talk to your medical provider if you are interested in a medical bracelet.
Symptoms of a Bee Sting Reaction
Upon getting stung by a bee, it is not uncommon to experience a localized reaction around the site of the sting.
Symptoms of a normal reaction include:
However, if you have a bee sting allergy, you may have more intense and widespread symptoms, such as:
- Rashes, swelling, or redness that spreads past the area of the sting
- Abdominal cramping or diarrhea
If any of the following symptoms present after a bee sting, it could be indicative of a severe allergic reaction that requires emergency medical attention:
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of consciousness
A severe reaction can cause anaphylaxis and even death, so it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention in the event of an allergic reaction.
Fortunately, with proper prevention and care, even people with severe bee sting allergies can spend time outdoors during the spring and summer.
Do you have a bee sting allergy? Talk to Langford Allergy.
Dr. Langford and our team will accurately diagnose your condition and begin a treatment plan to help you achieve successful outcomes with your health. Langford Allergy offers extensive testing and options to help determine the right treatment plan for you. You can schedule an appointment or call our office to learn more. 478-787-4728