Insect allergies can be painful, frightening, and a massive obstacle to you enjoying life outdoors. Some insects even cause allergies without biting or stinging, making them extremely difficult to avoid. For some people with insect allergies, this fear of being bitten or stung by an insect can even manifest into a real anxiety that prevents them from participating in the activities they love, from picnics in the park to walks on the trail.
At Arrow Allergy, we feel our patients deserve every opportunity to live without fear or anxiety, including those with insect allergies. Our allergy specialists in Denver, Colorado offer expert remote solutions, all from the safety and comfort of your home. We’ll provide you with an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan for your insect allergy symptoms.
No one should live life on the edge when trying to enjoy all that nature has to offer. Our experts are eager to help you treat your insect allergy as effectively as possible, so you can get back to the outdoor activities you love. If you’re ready to live without pain or fear of your insect allergy, schedule your virtual appointment with Arrow Allergy today.
Most people have some reaction when bitten or stung by a bug. However, some people have more severe reactions that indicate an insect allergy. This occurs when your immune system views a chemical produced by an insect as a threat to your body. In protecting you, your system produces a response that causes uncomfortable, painful or even life-threatening symptoms.
Some people with insect allergies may not even need to be bitten to produce an allergic reaction, instead being triggered by simply the presence of a bug in their home. This is the result of you being allergic to the proteins produced by an insect’s body. Unfortunately, these proteins are even present in the bodies or husks of dead insects, a normal and usually undetected presence in most people’s lives. In this instance, you may not be able to simply avoid your allergen the way people who are allergic to stinging and biting insects can.
Insect allergies can be extremely dangerous, even causing a life-threatening symptom known as anaphylactic shock. If you think you may be allergic to any type of insect, don’t delay your treatment another second. Schedule a virtual appointment with Arrow Allergy and request your at-home allergy test today.
In most cases, reacting to an insect or spider bite is normal. You may experience a brief period of swelling and itching, which will go away in a number of days. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your allergy specialist for a diagnosis:
One particularly dangerous symptom of a stinging insect allergy is anaphylaxis, during which your throat will swell and breathing will become extremely difficult. Anaphylaxis is serious, and can be fatal without quick intervention. If someone near you appears to be in anaphylactic shock, call 911 immediately.
“Insect” allergies don’t necessarily have to be caused by insects. Bugs which frequently cause allergic reactions come in all types, but they can generally be broken down into two groups. Stinging insects cause allergic reactions due to venom they inject during a sting. These insects include:
Some insects cause allergic reactions with their bite instead of a sting. These insects include:
Other bugs can cause allergic reactions simply by being present in the home and creating waste. Insects like cockroaches and mites can exacerbate symptoms of asthma and allergies, as well as triggering asthma attacks.
After a virtual consultation, your allergy specialist will likely prescribe medication to help you manage your symptoms. If you are prone to severe swelling and in danger of going into anaphylaxis, we may also prescribe you with a rescue EpiPen to use in an emergency. Your doctor will communicate closely with you through this process to ensure that you know exactly how to use this tool when you need it.