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Our allergists are board certified in pediatric and adult Allergy and Immunology, and have trained at some of the top training programs in the country, including Harvard Medical School, National Jewish Respiratory Center and Albert Einstein Medical College. We participate in the Maintenance of Certification Program. Click here to read more about this program. Dr. Melamed and Liang have both been awarded the prestigious Top Doctor Awards for 2011.
Stinging insect allergy alert!!
With warmer weather here, many of us will spend time outdoors taking part in activities such as swimming, hiking, golfing, going to barbeques, picnics, trips, and camps just to name a few. However, summertime can be a feared time for some when it comes to bees, hornets and wasps. Hymenoptera species include honeybees, paper wasps, yellow hornet, yellow jacket, white faced hornets. Bee stings can cause severe life threatening allergic reactions known as anaphylaxis. These stinging insects often will cause a localized inflammatory reaction such as swelling at the site of the sting, sometimes involving even an entire arm if stung on the hand. This is usually not considered to be an allergic reaction. Symptoms including hives, generalized swelling, difficulty breathing, dizziness, fainting, flushing, chest pain may occur after being stung. Call 911 immediately if this occurs. Appropriate therapy may include epinephrine, antihistamines, and/or steroids. However, in patients with severe allergic reactions early treatment with epinephrine and antihistamines are NOT always life saving for all patients. Venom testing and immunotherapy MUST be considered in these patients so a consultation by an allergist is crucial to determine if one is truly allergic to bees. Specialized allergy testing and desensitization injection treatments must be considered and can be life saving for those who meet the criteria.
For more information please refer to http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies/stinging-insect-allergy.aspx .
Chelmsford, MA N. Andover, MA Nashua, NH
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