Posts Tagged ‘1-800-222-1222’
This story from Texas is sad, but it gives us insight into the fact that just one sting from an insect could kill you. “Texas student dies after allergic reaction reportedly caused by ants on football field“.
Just one sting from a honeybee or wasp can kill some people, it is more rare for Fire Ants to kill someone. However the Red Imported Fire Ant continues its move across the U.S. Here is some information from the University of Florida – IFAS office on Red Imported Fire Ants.
Allergies can really be disrupting to your life, but there may be some comfort coming soon. “New cure for deadly insect allergies?” Last week I also ran “New data suggests that insect sting allergy is increasing.”
I’ve also heard that eating local raw honey may help as well. Can’t hurt, right!
So you’ve been lucky, never been attacked or stung by an insect. Is it luck or are you one of those who may die if stung and you just don’t know it yet? “The rise of deadly insect sing allergies: Is there a cure?” published by Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology article by Medical press.
“Insect sting allergy is increasing, affecting five percent of the population. But what much of the population may not understand is that there is something that can be done about it.”
I’m extremely fortunate that I’m not allergic, especially since I’m in the biz? So here are a few tips:
- Just because you see a honeybee doesn’t mean its going to attack. They are out looking for food and probably could care less about you. Unless, unless yes I said that twice you encounter an Africanized Honeybee colony?
- Wear light colored clothes while hiking, honeybees are less likely to become aggressive.
- Always wear shoes outside, don’t set them by the backdoor. Scorpions and Black widow spiders may make it their new home.
- If you are stung, watch the symptoms – if you feel weird in any way call 911 right away.
- You can also check in with Poison Control 1-800-222-1222, this is also a number that should be taught to children
- Arizona has some special creepy little things like rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, Africanized Honeybees, tarantulas (usually harmless unless you provoke them), spiders and my favorite Assassin Bug.
Warning signs someone’s been stung by a scorpion MyFox News video and story.
stinger of bark scorpion magnified
Great video by Raising Arizona Kids Magazine
Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222
Why do we all need to be careful?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), approximately 10,000 children a year are accidentally exposed to mouse and rat baits.
Every day in the United States, 87 people die as a result of unintentional poisoning, and another 2,277 are treated in emergency departments.
Drug overdose death rates in the US have more than tripled since 1990.
In 2010, poison control centers reported receiving calls about 2.4 million human poison exposure cases.