Insect Sting Allergy (Keetavisha)
Insect Sting Allergy
Insect sting allergy also known as Venom Allergy is the allergic reaction initiated by the bite or tingle of some insects. During sting the venom of insect will be injected into the body and causes hypersensitivity reactions. All the insects do not cause allergic reaction and the severity of reactions varies in different people. Most of the stings are non-allergic and end up in mild symptoms like itching, mild pain, swelling etc. In Ayurveda, Acharyas (teachers) mention about Keetavisha (poisoning by insects) in which symptoms and treatment of various insect bites are explained. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is successfully managing various symptoms associated with “Insect sting allergies” through completely natural Ayurveda antidote measures.
Causes of Insect Sting Allergy
When a person is exposed to an insect sting, antibodies will be produced to fight against the insect venom. These antibodies remain in body and on later exposure to the same allergen they stimulate production of histamine and other chemicals to cause allergic reaction.
Following are the three major families of insects that cause allergy on bite.
- Vespidae: Include insects like yellow jackets, hornets, wasps
- Apidae: Include bees like honey bees, bumblebees, sweat bees
- Formicidae: Fire ants (commonly cause anaphylaxis), harvester ants
Mosquitoes, bed bugs etc. also cause mild allergy on bite.
In Ayurveda, there is explanation about various insects that bite humans and result in allergic response. They are mentioned under group Keeta and include various insects like Makshika, Kanabha, Vrischika etc. They are generally grouped according to their dosha predominance into Vatika, Paithika, Kaphaja and Sanniptahika Keeta. There is separate mention about the signs, symptoms and treatment of each of these insects’ bite.
Ayurvedic Reference of Insect Sting Allergy - Keetavisha
Symptoms of Insect Sting Allergy
The manifestation of insect sting allergy varies from person to person. Local symptoms at bite site include:
If there is unusual pain and other severe allergic reactions, medical emergency may be required. Sometimes symptoms may become so severe that it may cause Anaphylaxis. Signs of anaphylaxis include:
- Inflammation of tongue
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach cramps
- Sudden drop of blood pressure
These symptoms usually appear within minutes of insect bite.
Ayurveda explains the symptoms of paithikakeeta as redness, burning sensation and blackish red discoloration at the site of bite.
Diagnosis can be done by taking detailed medical history including type of exposure, previous exposure etc. Tests like skin-prick test, intradermal skin test or blood test can be performed.
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Diet in Insect Sting Allergy
- Popped rice
- Bitter vegetables
- Green gram
- Include more fruits and vegetables
- Water boiled with Khadirasara (Acacia catechu)
- Sufficient quantity water intake
- Spicy and sour food
- Non vegetarian diet
- Day sleep
- Excess exposure to heat and sunlight
- Heavy and fatty meal
Yoga and Pranayama in Insect Sting Allergy
Yoga asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercise) help in strengthening over all body immunity. It is beneficial to maintain and increase balance and health of body as well as mind. Regular practice yoga and pranayama will help to get rid of many of the ill effects.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Insect Sting Allergy
Ayurveda advises treatment of insect bite through internal medicine, external application and various procedures. It is focused on pain relieving, neutralizing poison and preventing complications.
- Neelitulasyadi Kashaya
- Vilwadi gulika
- Dasanga Gulika
- Lodhrasevyadi Kashaya
- Dushivisari Gulika
- Avipathi Churna
- Triphala churna
- Nimbadi churna
- Vilwadi gulika
- Aragwadhadi kwatha
- Guluchyadi kwatha
- Kashayadhara (Pouring medicated liquid on affected area)
- Virechana (Purgation)
- Raktamoksha (Bloodletting)
The following herbs are used in Ayurveda against insect bites
- Lakshmana (Biophytum sensitivium)
- Haridra (Curcuma longa)
- Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
- Padmakam (Nelumbo nucifera)
- Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa)
- Sirisha (Albezia lebbeck)
- Lakshmana or Vipareeta lajjalu (Biophytum sensitivium)
- Shloka No. 2, Keetaluthadivisha Prathishedha, Ashtangahrudayam by Acharya Vagbhata, Uttarasthanam.
- Ambikadutt Shastri, Sushruta Samhita, 12th ed. Chaukhambha Publication, New Delhi, 2001. p. 64.
- Ashtang Hridya, Atrideva Gupt, Reprint. Chaukhambha Prakashan, 2009.
- Charak. Charak Samhita by Dr. Brahmanand Tripathi, Reprint. Chaukhambha Prakashan. 2009.
- Ayurveda Dipika. Commentary on Charak Samhita. Chikitsasthana. 23/152, 5th ed. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd; 1992. p. 503.
- Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Aspects of Allergies and Fungal Infections, Edition 2021, Insect Sting Allergy Chapter No. 04, Page No. 28-33.
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)