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Insect Allergies

What Kinds of Insects Cause Allergic Reactions? There are many different kinds of insects or “insect-like bugs” that can cause an allergic reaction: Stinging Insects Bees, wasps, hornets, yellow-jackets and fire ants are the most common stinging insects that cause an allergic reaction. When these insects sting you, they inject a toxic substance called venom. […]

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Have a Blast This 4th of July: Safety Tips & More

Download a printable version of this blog post. Each year, emergency departments in the United States treat approximately 7,000 patients for injuries caused by fireworks.  Injuries from fireworks can range from burns to more serious medical problems like cuts and amputations. In severe cases, consequences from fireworks use can result in death. Protect yourself and your family by […]

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The Tick Talk

Download a printable version of this blog post. It’s the season for ticks! Learn how to identify, prevent and treat tick bites. Preventing Tick Bites Use DEET 20-30% when going outside.  For children make sure you only apply this ONCE a day (in contrast to sunscreen, which should be applied often).  Do not apply DEET […]

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