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Bee stings and allergies

HENRICO COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Doctors in our area say they're starting to see more patients who have been stung by bees and other insects and then having allergic reactions.

Insects like bees, wasps, yellow jackets, and fire ants. These little suckers pack a big punch - allergy specialist, Doctor Ananth Thyagarajan is already seeing a growing number of patients come in for it.

Doctor T says about 5 % of the general population has a severe reaction to it.

"It's known about 40 people per year die from stinging insect allergies but that number is thought to be really underestimated," said Dr. Thyagarajan.

Severe symptoms include – hives, wheezing, throat closing, vomiting, loss of consciousness, and decreased blood pressure.

"The incidents of these insects stings is just so much greater during this time and they can cause severe reactions so it's important to be aware of the possibility," said Dr. Thyagarajan.

Worst case scenario - you can die. But those chances are extremely low. For most people who have allergies, the symptoms are mild.

"They'll have swelling, redness, itching, and sometimes pain at the site of the sting," he said.

Nothing a Motrin, Benadryl, and an anti itch cream can't fix.

Doctors stress getting your kids tested to see what they're allergic to, so you can avoid a trip to the emergency room.

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