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Bee Aware Program
There is a site on the Internet named "Bee Aware" that provides information for patients and physicians about stinging insect allergies and venom immunotherapy. The quality of the information is good, so this website makes an excellent reference for the average person and can be reliably used by doctors and other health care providers to assist in educating their patients.
“It is impossible,
not to mention undesirable, to avoid going outdoors, but there are certain
precautions that can be taken that will allow you to enjoy the outdoors while
minimizing your chances of being stung.
Regarding venom immunotherapy:
“Venom Immunotherapy (VIT) is a series of injections that introduce minute amounts of venom into your body. The amount is gradually increased over time to help your immune system build a tolerance to the venom proteins. This process is continued until your body has enough immunity to be able to tolerate a sting without your body ‘overreacting’. VIT has been found to be 95 to 97% effective in reducing the risk of systemic reaction in stinging insect allergic patients.”
The purpose of the program, in addition to educating patients, seems to be to facilitate referral to allergists, presumably to promote venom immunotherapy. So, it is not a completely unbiased site. However, that having been noted, the information is attractively presented and would benefit persons and groups interested in lowering the incidence of stinging insect allergic reactions.
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