Last week in the Health Lotería, we gave you a preview of this week’s topic with the saying: “¡No levantes esa piedra, / que te pica ese animal!” ["Don't lift up that rock, / because that animal will sting you!"] Well, surely you figured out the answer, we’re talking about… ¡¡¡el alacrán!!! [the scorpion!]
Although here in Texas we do have biting scorpions, there are lots more animals that threaten us with bites or stings during our long, hot summers. Some don’t bring us anything worse than bother and discomfort, while others can bring us illnesses (like malaria or Lyme disease) or, for some people, serious allergic reactions. It’s very important to know the risks for you and your family, and know how to avoid them, as well as to respond to them when they occur. These links can help:
- An article from last Friday’s DallasNews.com: “7 ways to soothe summer’s bites, rashes and sunburns“
- “Stinging insect allergy: How to avoid the ouch” from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
- From MedlinePlus: “Insect Bites and Stings” — with links to many more information sources
- From the UTMB health library: “Spider Bites” and “Bee Stings“
Don’t get stung this week… and we’ll see you again next week!