My husband was bit/stung (he did not see the insect) but there was a definite bite, two times within the last 8 months. The first time he went into anaphlyactic shock, went to the ER, got the epipen and was fine within 45 min. The 2nd time, same symptoms, immediate swelling of the face, upper body, tongue swollen, itchy palms and feet. He was admitted to ICU because he was not responding to the epipen, he was there 3 days. It was an immediate reaction both times. He has been to 2 different allergists, both of them tested him for all insect allergies, skin testing and blood. Results were negative. We do not understand how he can have such severe reactions and allergy tests are negative?? Has this happened to anyone else? He can not receive the shots to help if this ever happened again because they do not know what he is allergic to. We are very frustrated! He now carries the epipen everywhere, but we are outside a lot and would like definite answers.
Since you don't know what bit or stung your husband, you need help identifying that insect or insects and the chemical(s) that your husband is allergic to. I would search the internet for an expert in this field and make any necessary phone calls to locate such a person. You may have to travel to somewhere far from home, but you need answers. This could be life-threatening to your husband, as I suspect you know. You also need information from your local agricultural extension and maybe some bug extermination services or similar city services about every kind of insect that could possibly have been in your area at the times your husband.was bitten/stung. This specialist will need this info.
Networking to get recommendations for an expert and info on insects can be very helpful. For instance, When I worked at a Children's Hospital, one of our Pathologists had a passion for entomology, the study of insects, and may have been a good resource. But you'd never know to call him because he was classified as a Laboratory Pathologist and his hobby wasn't mentioned anywhere. Only word of mouth and asking the right questions would have gotten you his name. Possibly he wouldn't turn out to be the help you needed, it's hard to know
I wish you the best of luck on this investigation.
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