AAN Announces 2014 Venom Allergy 101 Webinar

July 15, 2014

Contact:  Gary Fitzgerald
Allergy & Asthma Network
703-641-9595
gfitzgerald@aanma.org

For Immediate Release

Allergy & Asthma Network Announces

Free Webinar on Allergic Reactions to Insect Stings

Thursday, July 24 at 7:00 pm Eastern time

 

VIENNA, Va., July 10, 2014 -- Allergy & Asthma Network, a leading nonprofit patient education organization, invites you to join its “2014 Venom Allergy 101” webinar on July 24, 2014, at 7 pm Eastern time. This webinar is perfect for the summer as stinging insects abound in outdoor areas. Learn how to protect yourself from stings as well as how to respond and treat a potential allergic reaction.

Venom allergies are caused by five types of insects; honey bees, hornets, yellow jackets, paper wasps, and fire ants. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the percentage of people affected by insect sting allergies is increasing—it now affects up to 5% of the U.S. population.

During this 1-hour webinar, participants will learn about venom allergy prevalence, diagnosis, treatment and immunotherapy from David Lang, MD, board-certified allergist at the Cleveland Clinic.

“Even if you’ve had mild allergic reactions to insect stings in the past, there is always the chance that future reactions can progress into more severe and possibly fatal anaphylactic reactions. It’s critical that people recognize an anaphylactic reaction and use the proper medicine, epinephrine, to treat it. We are pleased that this webinar is available to the public and encourage people in our community to watch it,” says Erika Gonzalez-Reyes, MD, board-certified allergist and Anaphylaxis Community Expert (ACE) volunteer from San Antonio, TX.

To participate in the webinar, please register at: https://venomallergywebinar.eventbrite.com. The “2014 Venom Allergies 101” webinar is sponsored by Mylan Specialty L.P.

About Allergy & Asthma Network

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About ACE

The Anaphylaxis Community Experts (ACE) program is developed by Allergy & Asthma Network in partnership with the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), National Association of School Nurses and American School Health Association and sponsored by Mylan Specialty L.P. The program goal is to save lives through showing parents, school staff, emergency responders, and others how to recognize and respond immediately to anaphylaxis symptoms.

To learn more about the ACE program or request an ACE team presentation, email Brenda Silvia-Torma, ACE Program Manager at ace@aanma.org.