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Do You Know the Signs of Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is no laughing matter. It sends nearly half a million people to the hospital each and every year. Do you know what to look for when it comes to the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis? If not, you should read on to find out more about it just in case you or one of your family members gets stung by an insect.

The Sting

There you are, just walking along, minding your own business and BAM! You stung by a wasp or a hornet or some other winged stinging demon. If you aren’t sure whether or not you’re allergic to insect stings then in the event you do get stung you need to be on the lookout for:

  • Hives
  • Swelling around the face and throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Rapid pulse
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting, nausea or diarrhea

If any of these symptoms show up in the wake of an insect sting then a medical professional needs to be consulted right away. In a matter of minutes an insect sting can lead to shock and even cardiac arrest, which can be fatal. Plus, the more severe your reaction to an insect sting, the worse the next reaction could be.

You don’t have to stay indoors when the weather is nice to avoid stinging insects, but knowing the facts about anaphylaxis is important and something you should educate yourself about in case you or someone you know gets stung.

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