Though not a common allergy, insect allergies cause a wide range of symptoms that in some cases are life-threatening. If you suspect you have an insect allergy, Suresh Anand, MD, FACP, FCCP, and Miriam Anand, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. can help you get the answers you need. They conduct thorough evaluations and advanced testing to help you get the right diagnosis and treatment plan. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Tempe, Mesa, or Chandler, Arizona, or book an appointment online.
An insect allergy is an abnormal immune system reaction to an insect. The reaction may result from a bite or sting, or the presence of the insect in the house.
Insects that may cause an allergic reaction include:
Stinging insects include bees, wasps, hornets, and fire ants. When stung, these insects inject a toxic venom into your body. In most cases, people recover from their sting within a few hours.
However, if you’re allergic to the venom, you may develop life-threatening symptoms such as shortness of breath or loss of consciousness.
Mosquitoes, bed bugs, and fleas are biting insects known to cause an allergic reaction in some people. Symptoms may include swelling, itching, and redness at the site of the bite.
An allergy to a biting insect rarely causes a life-threatening allergic reaction.
Cockroaches and dust mites are household pests that may cause an insect allergy. They’re one of the most common causes of year-round allergies and asthma.
Insect allergy symptoms vary in type and severity depending on the insect responsible for your allergic reaction. Stinging and biting insect allergies may cause severe reactions, such as:
Stinging insect allergies may also cause anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires immediate medical care.
If you have an allergy to a household pest, symptoms may include:
For people with asthma, a household pest allergy may trigger an asthma attack.
When you visit Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. with concerns about an insect allergy, you can expect a thorough evaluation. The team schedules 2- to 3-hour appointments for all new patients.
During your initial consultation, your specialist reviews your symptoms, including when they started, their severity, and the type of bug (if known) causing the reaction. They also review your personal medical and family history and conduct a physical exam.
To identify the insect responsible for your symptoms, the team at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. conducts advanced allergy testing.
Treatment for an insect allergy depends on the type of allergy and severity of your symptoms. For stinging insect allergies that cause life-threatening symptoms, the team prescribes an epinephrine pen.
Other treatments may include:
For severe insect allergy symptoms, the team may talk to you about allergy shots.
To schedule your insect allergy consultation, call Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. or request an appointment online today.