Increased risk of insect allergies in summer

Alerts Families to Food Allergies, Assoc. Dr Hikmet Tekin Nacaroğlu said: “The content of the food that children with food allergies will consume during the holidays should be viewed by their families. They can develop serious problems due to accidental contamination, especially in environments where open buffets are served and where it is possible for food contents to mix together. Children with food allergies should definitely inform the kitchen of the hotel and restaurant about their allergies. In addition, it is vital for parents to carry epinephrine auto-injectors in case of possible accidental encounters.

Cases of anaphylactic shock due to bee allergies can be seen

Note that insect allergies also increase in summer, Assoc. Dr. Nacaroğlu continued:

“The risk of insect allergies increases in the summer with hot weather, and allergic children in particular may react more to insect stings than normal children. Insect sting findings usually occur in exposed areas of the body, such as arms, legs, and face. Among the insect stings, the most dangerous and dangerous reaction is listed as bee allergies. With bee allergies; Allergic shock, called anaphylactic shock, which develops suddenly and causes reactions such as shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, and vomiting. Insect stings other than bees can cause exaggerated skin reactions, although not as much as bees.”

Adrenaline needles should be kept ready

Explaining how to treat summer allergies, Assoc. Dr. Nacaroğlu said: “Before planning treatment, you should first investigate which allergen is causing the complaints. In allergic diseases, the causative allergen can be found through skin testing in children or by performing allergen-specific allergy measurements in the blood. Both methods are safe to use on children of all ages. Skin tests are painless and give immediate results. However, in cases where there is no suitable skin area for skin testing due to a skin condition and we cannot stop the allergy syrup treatment, which we call antihistamine, due to complaints, allergy tests can be performed using blood samples. After the allergen has been detected as a result of the specified tests, the necessary precautions can be taken to avoid exposure and the resulting complaints can be treated. Again, it will be a life saver for patients known to have bee allergy to carry the ready-to-use epinephrine injections their doctors have given over the summer period and administer those injections immediately from the anterior-lateral side of the thigh in the eyebrows in case of reaction. In addition, bee allergy cases can eliminate serious life-threatening symptoms after bee stings if treated with a bee allergen vaccine.

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