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Stay aware of your allergy risks this spring

Spring is a beautiful season to enjoy the great outdoors, but it can also present allergy risks. Allergic reactions may be minor, such as skin irritation caused by poison ivy. Or, they may be life-threatening problems that require emergency care, such as breathing difficulties caused by an insect sting. For all of your healthcare needs, the family of dedicated providers at St. Lucie Medical Center delivers the high-quality care you deserve.

Insect bites and stings

It’s possible to suffer allergic reactions to the following stinging and biting insects:

  • Fire ants
  • Wasps
  • Hornets
  • Honeybees
  • Fleas
  • Black flies
  • Horseflies
  • Mosquitoes

In addition, some people have respiratory allergies to cockroaches. A minor allergic reaction to bites and stings can cause itching and a skin rash. Respiratory allergies can include sneezing, coughing and a runny nose. Occasionally, insect allergies can cause anaphylaxis, which is potentially life-threatening. Call 911 for the following signs and symptoms:

  • Swollen lips, throat, face or tongue
  • Difficult breathing
  • Substantial drop in blood pressure
  • Fainting

Your doctor may recommend that you carry an auto-injector of epinephrine if you have an insect allergy. This is an emergency medicine that could save your life.

Contact dermatitis

Contact with certain substances, including plants like poison ivy, can cause contact dermatitis. This is irritation and inflammation of the skin. Contact dermatitis can trigger a skin rash, itching and blisters. A healthcare provider may perform a skin patch test to identify the substance that caused your skin rash. If the area looks infected, you can receive specialized wound care at the medical center.


Pollen allergies are seasonal. If you tend to suffer from itchy eyes, a runny nose, sneezing or coughing each spring, you may be allergic to pollen from trees, weeds or grasses. Your doctor may prescribe medications and recommend lifestyle modifications, such as the following:

  • Have someone else do your yardwork
  • Keep the windows closed and use air conditioning
  • Avoid outdoor activities when pollen counts are high
  • Bathe upon returning home

With these easy strategies, you can continue to enjoy the lifestyle you love, no matter which season it is.

If you or your child suffers a serious allergic reaction, the emergency care specialists at St. Lucie Medical Center are here for you around the clock. We provide personalized, patient-centered care, including special children’s services in our Pediatric-friendly ERs in Treasure Coast. For general healthcare information, you can connect with a registered nurse at 1.800.382.3522.

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