Take the following measures to help prevent bites and stings.
- Apply 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 children.
- Apply repellents safely.
- Use a lower-concentration repellent on children.
- 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.
- Take positive steps to manage your surroundings.
- Avoid swatting at insects or flailing your arms around them. Instead, retreat slowly and calmly when insects act threatening.
Additional measures include those to:
- Prevent bee stings (also hornet, wasp, and yellow jacket stings).
- Prevent spider bites.
- Prevent flea bites.
- Prevent bedbug bites.
- Prevent kissing bug bites.
- 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.
- Discuss allergy shots (immunotherapy) with your doctor. Shots may be appropriate to control and prevent your symptoms.