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Insect Bites and Stings

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by McCoy K
 

Treatment

Medical Attention

Medical help is needed for severe allergic reactions. Once you arrive at the hospital, treatment may include:
Medical help is needed for severe allergic reactions. Once you arrive at the hospital, treatment may include:
  • Emergency treatment to stabilize life-threatening symptoms
  • Medications to reduce swelling and other allergic reactions
  • IV fluids
If you are diagnosed with an insect bite of sting, follow your doctor's instructions.
 

RESOURCES

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
http://www.acaai.org

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
http://www.niaid.nih.gov

Nemours Foundation
http://kidshealth.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Allergy/Asthma Information Association
http://www.aaia.ca

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
http://www.ccohs.ca

 

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The buzz on insect bites and stings. Nemours Foundation website. Available at: http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/safety/first%5Faid/bug%5Fbites.html. Accessed September 27, 2012.


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