PIF member Anaphylaxis UK has relaunched its Bee Allergy Aware campaign for summer 2023.
It runs from May to September to cover the most active time of year for bees and wasps.
The charity’s campaign focuses on guidance for avoiding stings, the symptoms of bee and wasp sting allergy and anaphylaxis, and what to do in an emergency.
Bee or wasp stings are painful, but not dangerous for most people.
But if you already have, or you develop, an allergy to bee or wasp venom, the reaction can affect the whole body.
Such reactions can be life-threatening. They need an immediate emergency response.
By knowing the symptoms of anaphylaxis and what to do in an emergency, lives can be saved.
The campaign includes:
- A free downloadable mini-guide to wasp and bee sting allergies
- Website information on 6 ways to avoid being stung
- An ABC guide to the symptoms of anaphylaxis
- A video briefing from Dr Andrew Whyte at the Department of Allergy and Immunology, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.
- Information about allergy diagnosis and treatment.
There is also an associated Big Buzz campaign to raise awareness and funds.
It encourages schools to sign up to find out more and start raising money for the charity.