H-HEALTHY LIVING

Aug 1, 2013 1:14 PM by NBC News

Insect sting allergies increasing

August can be prime time for insect stings and experts say the number of people allergic to bee stings has been rising.

The report from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology indicates about 5% of the population has an insect sting allergy.

It's unclear what's driving the slow increase in allergies, which is also found in food allergies.

Experts say people with severe allergies should carry emergency epinephrine or perhaps talk to their doctor about other treatments.

Tips to avoid insect stings include wearing pants or long-sleeved shirts when working outdoors, avoiding walking barefoot in grass, avoiding brightly colored clothing with floral patterns, and being careful when drinking anything sweet.

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