Insect Bites

The relatively warm, humid climate of Georgia is ideal for a variety of stinging insects including wasps, ants and spiders. The majority of allergic reactions caused by insect bites in Georgia are a result of these five stinging insects:

• Bees
• Hornets
• Fire ants
• Wasps
• Scorpions

Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction to Insect Bites

While many people only develop redness, swelling, or discomfort as a result of insect bites or stings, others can experience a severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis. Symptoms of anaphylaxis can include:

• Difficulty breathing
• Coughing and wheezing
• Swelling of the face and limbs
• Dizziness, confusion, or lightheadedness
• Abdominal pain with nausea and diarrhea
• Hives and/or angioedema
• Anaphylactic shock

It is important to seek immediate medical care if you experience any of these serious allergic reactions following an insect sting. The board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia specialize in the treatment of anaphylaxis.

Treatment Options for Allergic Reactions to Insect Bites

Treatment following an insect sting begins with removing the stinger and venom sac. When removing the stinger and venom sac, it is important not to squeeze the surrounding area, as this can cause the existing venom to spread. Our board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia in Atlanta recommend removing the stinger and venom sac using a fingernail, tweezers, or a sharp edge of plastic, such as the edge of a credit card.

In case of a severe anaphylactic allergic reaction, it is imperative that you receive emergency medical care and follow-up with one of our highly qualified allergists. At the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia, we specialize in treating allergic reactions resulting from insect bites. Our board-certified allergists will perform a variety of allergy tests in a safe environment to discover your insect bite triggers, and may provide you with an epinephrine injection, such as an Epi-Pen®, to prevent anaphylactic shock.

Speak to a Board-Certified Allergist About Your Insect Bites

Insect bites are very common in Georgia, but an anaphylactic reaction to these bites could be life-threatening. Diagnosis and treatment from one of our board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgiacould save your life.

Request an appointment in one of our Metro Atlanta offices via telephone at (404) 994-3574 or online via our patient contact form. We have several offices convenient to the metro Atlanta area, including offices in Alpharetta, Hiram, Villa Rica, Smyrna/Vinings, Douglasville, Carrollton, Acworth / Kennesaw and Newnan.

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