Take the following measures to help
prevent bites and stings.
insect repellent before going into the woods or other
areas where you may come in contact with insects. Use insect repellents
according to directions, particularly when applying repellent to
Apply repellents safely.
Use a lower-concentration repellent on
Do not put repellent on small children's hands, since
they often put their hands in their mouths.
Wash the insect
repellent off with soap and water after returning indoors.
Wear light-colored, smooth-finished clothes that
cover your body, such as long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Button long
sleeves and tuck long pants inside boots. Avoid loose clothes that might
entangle a biting or stinging insect. Avoid bright colors. Avoid going
barefooted or wearing sandals outdoors. Some outdoor stores may sell clothing
treated with a repellent.
Avoid wearing perfumed lotions,
aftershave, or scented hair products during the warm months.
positive steps to manage your surroundings.
Always close car windows.
put your picnic out until you are ready to eat. Repack picnic food as soon
as you are finished serving.
Avoid flowering plants.
you have a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to
insect bites or stings, have someone else mow lawns or clip hedges.
Avoid swatting at insects or flailing your arms
around them. Instead, retreat slowly and calmly when insects act
If you have had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to
bites or stings in the past:
Talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for epinephrine. Learn how and when to give yourself an epinephrine shot, and have it
near you at all times.
Wear a medical identification tag to
let others know you have an insect allergy.
allergy shots (immunotherapy) with your doctor. Shots
may be appropriate to control and prevent your symptoms.
Allergies: Should I Have Allergy Shots for Insect Sting Allergies?
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June 04, 2014
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