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Insect and Tick Allergy (Bites and Stings)

Allergies to stinging insect venoms (bees, wasps, or Jack Jumper Ants) are one of the most common causes of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) in Australia and New Zealand.. Most allergic reactions to insect stings or bites result in mild or moderate symptoms, including local itch and swellings that can be large and uncomfortable., but usually settle within a few days. Bites and stings can be avoided  by measures such as covering skin (with long sleeves and pants) and wearing shoes when outdoors,  Tick bites also cause allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, and are are mainly located in coastal regions of Eastern Australia. To prevent allergic reactions to tick bites, seek medical help or freeze tick and let it drop off.  

Venom immunotherapy is an effective treatment for severe allergies to bees, wasps and Jack Jumper ants, and usually takes three to five years,  but is not yet available for ticks or other types of ants. 

Click on the links below for more information 

Fast Facts about Insect and Tick Allergy 

Venom Immunotherapy FAQ

Allergic Reactions to Bites and Stings

Jack Jumper Ant Allergy

Mammalian Meat and Tick Allergy FAQ 

Tick Allergy

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Insect and Tick Allergy (Bites and Stings) QR CODES

How to safely remove a tick

A short animated video developed by the National Allergy Council 

How to prevent tick bites

A short animated video developed by the National Allergy Council 

Further Information

Webpage updated February 2024