Do you know what spheksophobia is? If you suffer from it, you probably do! It’s the fear of wasps. Read about Common Wasp Allergy Symptoms below.
But even if you don’t have a phobia of these bugs, you’re probably sensible enough to keep your distance anyway.
Left alone, wasps are good for our ecosystem, but a sting from a wasp can be a nasty experience. If you are allergic, it can even be a dangerous one.
But what are the wasp allergy symptoms? Unfortunately, the only way to really know if you’re allergic is if you’re stung, so it’s important to know what to look out for in that event.
We’re going to take a look at some of the common symptoms of a wasp allergy, so keep reading to find out.
Reactions to Wasp Stings
It’s important to first clear up what you can expect from a wasp sting if you’re not allergic. Here are normal reactions to wasp stings:
- sharp pain or burning sensation on the sting site
Sometimes, reactions can occur after the initial sting. Any reaction 4 hours or more after being stung is classed as a delayed reaction. Symptoms of delayed reactions include the following:
- joint pain
- headache and dizziness
Sadly these reactions come part and parcel with a wasp sting. But what about allergic reactions?
1. Large Local Reaction
While pain, swelling, and redness after a sting are normal and expected, a larger radius of these reactions may mean an allergic reaction. This reaction may last up to 10 days after peaking within a few days.
Alongside the large local reaction, you may feel tired out and lethargic for a few days if you’re allergic. Make sure you stay hydrated, and don’t force yourself to do too much. Your body is working hard to fight the reaction!
3. Nausea and General Discomfort
You may feel nauseous and feel like you can’t get comfortable. This is another sign that your body is working to fight the reaction. Again, drinking plenty of water and rest are important here.
Anaphylaxis is an extreme and serious reaction to a sting that requires immediate attention. It often begins within minutes of a sting. The following symptoms are associated with anaphylaxis:
- swelling in the throat
- feeling faint or light-headed
- elevated heart rate
- clammy skin
If someone already knows they are allergic, they might have an e-pen (a shot of epinephrine), but you should still call 911 after administering it. If they do not have one, it’s of paramount importance to seek medical help immediately.
If you’re concerned about wasps around your home or business and allergies, learn more about the wasp removal process.
Look Out for These Wasp Allergy Symptoms
If you weren’t aware of what wasp allergy symptoms are, now you have a good understanding of what to look for if you or someone around you is stung.
Don’t worry about normal reactions. Although they’re uncomfortable and irritating, they’re normal. But if any of the more serious symptoms arise, make sure you’re quick to seek medical assistance.
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