REGARDING MASKS: We will still require masks in all of our offices. We will not issue mask exception letters. CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. This includes active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response but this does not mean inhaled steroids - this is for those who take oral steroids daily at more than 20mg per day.
An adverse allergic reaction to the venom of stinging insects including honey bee, hornets, yellow jackets, wasps and fire ants.
Insect stings can cause severe life-threatening reactions and are difficult to avoid.
Symptoms that are life-threatening include shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, flushing, hypotension (dizziness and/or lightheadedness), vomiting and nausea.
Children less than 16 years of age, with only skin reactions (hives) are not at a higher risk of developing severe reactions so testing or treatment may not be required.
Adults with skin reactions (hives) have an increased risk of further life-threatening reactions and should be tested and treated.
Although having and using an epinephrine auto-injector is important, patients need to be tested and treated in order to prevent any further reactions.
The standard of care is venom immunotherapy, commonly known as allergy shots.
Venom immunotherapy decreases the likelihood of an allergic reaction from re-stings by 95-99%.
Allergists help identify venom hypersensitivity and administer venom immunotherapy.
Asthma Allergy Centers offer pediatric allergy-immunology and clinical immunology services to patients suffering from conditions such as; asthma, allergic rhinitis, non-allergic rhinitis, chronic ear infections, nasal congestion, immunodeficiency, chronic coughing, eczema, dermatitis, allergies to food, pets and more. Located throughout Michigan, Asthma Allergy Centers have locations in; Adrian, Battle Creek, Coldwater, Jonesville, Holland, Kalamazoo, Niles, Paw Paw, Portage, St. Joseph, Three Rivers, Mishawaka, and Elkhart, Michigan.