Sometimes children’s allergy symptoms don’t stop with a stuffy nose and watery eyes. If your child has allergic asthma, the most common form of asthma, exposure to allergens like pollen and mold can cause breathing passages to become swollen and inflamed. Childhood allergies that trigger asthma can lead to wheezing, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing.
When that happens, your child’s doctor may prescribe the use of a breathing machine called a nebulizer. The following Q & A will help...
The severity of symptoms from a sting varies from person to person. But in general:
A normal reaction
sets off pain, swelling, and redness around the sting site.
A large local reaction
causes swelling that extends beyond the sting site. For example, a person stung on the ankle may have swelling of the entire leg. While it often looks alarming, it's usually no more serious than a normal reaction. Large local reactions peak at about 48 hours and then gradually get better over 5 to 10 days.
The most serious reaction
is an allergic one (described below). You'll need to get it treated right away.
What Are the Symptoms of an Insect Sting Allergy?
A mild allergic reaction may cause one or more of these symptoms at the site of the sting:
Mild to moderate swelling
Severe allergic reactions (also called an anaphylactic reaction) are not that common. But when they happen, they're emergencies.
Symptoms can include:
Hives that appear as a red, itchy rash and spread to areas beyond the sting
Swelling of the face, throat, or mouth tissue
Wheezing or trouble swallowing
Restlessness and anxiety
Dizziness or a sharp drop in blood pressure
Get emergency treatment as soon as possible.
How Common Are Insect Sting Allergies?
About 2 million Americans have allergies to the venom of stinging bugs. Many of these people are at risk for life-threatening allergic reactions.
Treatment if You’re Not Allergic
First, if you’re stung on the hand, remove any rings from your fingers immediately.
If stung by a bee, the bee usually leaves a sac of venom and a stinger in your skin. Remove the stinger within 30 seconds to avoid receiving more venom. Gently scrape the sac and stinger out with a fingernail or a stiff-edged object like a credit card. Don’t squeeze the sac or pull on the stinger, or more venom will get into you.