Getting into the sting of things

Published: July, 2006

Venom from stinging insects can cause a bad allergic reaction, and some heart medications may make it worse.

The long days of summer lure many of us outdoors to take in some fresh air, soak up some rays, and — the health-conscious think to themselves — make some of that wondrous vitamin D. But alfresco, we also become prey for mosquitoes and other blood-hungry insects intent on making a meal out of us and spreading more than their fair share of pestilence in the process.

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