Be Prepared – A Bee Sting Can Kill You

Did you know about 40 to 50 people die each year in the US from bee stings? Its not something I give much thought to but then I am not allergic to stinging insects. Last summer when one flew through the window and stung my hand while I was driving the only thing that came to mind was how much it hurt.

There are over 2 million people in this country that are allergic to insect stings/bites and for some, it really could lead to death. One sting or bite could cause them to have a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis shock) and if treated not immediately can be fatal. The most common insects that cause allergic reactions in people are bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, and fire ants. Fire ants are a real problem here in South Florida.

Since these bugs are more active in the spring and fall you should take a few precautions even if you are not allergic to them.

  • Wear closed-toe shoes when in the grass. Bees and some wasps will get get down in the grass where you don’t know they are there until you step on them.
  • Wear light-colored clothing. Not only will it keep you cooler but they are less attractive to flying insects.
  • Avoid using perfumes, scented lotions, and colognes before going outside. Insects are like people who smell good.
  • Be careful around wet areas when insects like to feed.
  • When gardening check in and around the bushes for insects before you start working. I know someone who sprays water on her bushes to make sure the bugs move.
  • Keep your EpiPen handy and if you know you are allergic to bug bites.

Prevention is always better than cure.

Wishing you the best of health

Mike Krause
The Allergy Store – Helping our customers since 1989
800 771-2246

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