Be aware of allergic reactions to bug bites

If you know you're allergic to insect stings, carry an epi-pen with you.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – With about one month left of summer vacation, families may want to take advantage of the warm weather and spend time outside, but beware of bug bites that can cause allergic reactions.

While most people will experience a mild form of reaction, such as pain, swelling and redness, a few people could experience a deadly anaphylactic reaction.

Yabetes Erkailo of Springfield told 22News, “It’s very important to be prepared. Of course it’s time when you know there’s a lot of bugs out there. We need to know the dangers and protect ourselves.”

The most dangerous signs to watch out for:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Hives spreading to areas beyond the sting.
  • Face, throat or tongue swelling up.
  • And nausea or diarrhea.

If you know you’re allergic to insect stings, carry an epi-pen with you. Use it if you have those symptoms, then call 911. If you’re concerned about your risk, you can consult your doctor about allergy shots.

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