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Insect Sting Allergy (Keetavisha)

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Ayurvedic Reference of Keetavisha (Insect sting allergy)

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 doshapredominance into Vatika, Paithika, Kaphaja and SanniptahikaKeeta.  There is separate mention about the signs, symptoms and treatment of each of these insects’ bite. 

Symptoms of Insect Sting Allergy

The manifestation of insect sting allergy varies from person to person. Local symptoms at bite site include:

  •  Swelling
  •  Redness
  •  Pain

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
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • 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

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

Do’s (Pathya)

  • Popped rice
  • Bitter vegetables
  • Green gram
  • Include more fruits and vegetables
  • Water boiled with Khadirasara (Acacia catechu)
  • Sufficient quantity water intake

Don’ts (Apathya)

  • Spicy and sour food
  • Non vegetarian diet
  • Day sleep
  • Curd
  • Excess exposure to heat and sunlight
  • Heavy and fatty meal

Yoga and Pranayama in 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.

Internal medicines

  • NeelitulasyadiKashaya
  • Vilwadigulika

  • DasangaGulika
  • LodhrasevyadiKashaya

  • DushivisariGulika
  • AvipathiChurna

External Medicines

  • Triphalachurna
  • Nimbadichurna

  • Vilwadigulika
  • Aragwadhadikwatha

  • Guluchyadikwatha

Treatment Procedures

  • Kashayadhara (Pouring medicated liquid on affected area)
  • Virechana (Purgation)

  • Raktamoksha (Bloodletting)

The following herbs are used in Ayurveda against insect bites

  • Lakshmana (Biophytumsensitivium)
  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
  • Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
  • Padmakam (Nelumbonucifera)

  • Lodhra (Symplocosracemosa)
  • Sirisha (Albezialebbeck)
  • Lakshmana or Vipareeta lajjalu (Biophytum sensitivium)

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Which are the common insects that cause allergy on bite?

Answer: Common insects causing allergy are Yellow Jackets, Honey bees, Fire ants etc.

Question: What are thedangerous symptoms of insect bite?

Answer: Symptoms like dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fainting, decreased blood pressure etc.  are dangerous and should be managed under emergency care. 

Question: What is Ayurvedic management in Insect Sting Allergy?

Answer: Allergic reactions caused by insect sting can be treated effectively by Ayurvedic medicines. It includes internal as well as external medicines with purification therapies.

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