Anaphylaxis UK, a charity that supports people in the UK affected by serious allergies and anaphylaxis, is relaunching it’s Bee Allergy Aware campaign for 2023.
This year the campaign, supported by an educational grant from pharmaceutical company ALK, will run from May to September to cover the most active times for bees and wasps.
Whilst Bees are essential pollinators for our environment and contribute to the diversity of wild plant species, habitats and wildlife the campaign focuses on guidance for avoiding stings, the symptoms of a bee and wasp sting allergy and anaphylaxis, and what to do in an emergency.
Anyone who has been stung by a bee or wasp is likely to suffer painful swelling at the site of the sting, but for most people, this isn’t dangerous. For those with an allergy to bee or wasp venom, the reaction can be systemic – meaning it affects the whole body. These reactions can be life-threatening and require an immediate emergency response. By knowing the symptoms of anaphylaxis and what to do in an emergency, lives can be saved.
There are certain factors that may put you at a higher risk of a serious allergic reaction to insect stings, for example if you have frequent or multiple stings. People with other allergies, such as hay fever or food allergies, are not at increased risk of having a serious allergic reaction to an insect sting.
Even if you do have an insect sting allergy, you can still enjoy the great outdoors by seeking medical advice, carrying prescribed medication at all times, and taking precautions to avoid being stung.
Simon Williams, Chief Executive of Anaphylaxis UK, said:
“Bee and wasp sting allergy can be serious and affect anybody. Last year we welcomed a massive response from members of the public signing up to receive more information about bee and wasp allergy and anaphylaxis. We are excited to return this year to continue to raise awareness about this and create a safer environment for all.”
John Bowles, beekeeper and trustee of the Welsh Beekeepers Associations, said:
“It is so important for all to be aware of the symptoms of a bee or wasp sting allergy. If you keep bees close to your home it is even more important for members of your family to be aware of the risk and know what to do if stung. As a beekeeper and Trustee of the Welsh Beekeepers Association I knew a bit about bee and wasp venom allergy but not how frighteningly quickly anaphylaxis could set in. My wife was stung in the garden and after a night in hospital everything turned out well but without recognition of what was happening it could have been so much more serious. Please support Anaphylaxis UK who are doing so much to raise knowledge about all manner of serious allergies but this year are emphasising risk from insect allergies.”
As a new addition to this year’s campaign, Anaphylaxis UK is also launching its ‘The Big Buzz’ fundraising initiative encouraging UK primary school children to learn about bee and wasp allergy while raising funds for the charity’s vital work.
For more information on the Bee Allergy Aware campaign and to download the free mini-guide visit https://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/bee-and-wasp-sting-allergies/
For more information on The Big Buzz visit https://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising-events/fundraise-at-your-school-bee-allergy-aware-campaign/
Anaphylaxis UK is the only UK-wide charity operating solely for the growing numbers of people at risk of serious allergic reactions and anaphylaxis. While there’s no treatment or cure for anaphylaxis, we believe that by providing information, training and support, there is a brighter future for people living with serious allergies.
Our mission is to create a safe environment for everyone with allergies by working with and educating the food industry, schools, pre-schools, colleges, health professionals and other key groups. From our helpline to AllergyWise training and educational resources, we not only empower people to understand how to manage their allergies, but their families and loved ones, places of work and learning and more.
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