If you have used an
epinephrine shot to treat an allergic reaction or have
been accidentally stuck with an epinephrine shot, call your doctor. You may
need more medical care. An accidental stick in the hands or feet may stop
blood flow to these areas.
Keeping everything you need together in
one place (allergy kit) can help you deal with a severe allergic reaction
Nearly a third of people living in the U.S. believe they have a food allergy, according to a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association . But only 5% of children and 4% of teens and adults have true food allergies.
Why do many people think they have a food allergy when they don't?
Experts say it’s because people don’t understand what really constitutes a food allergy and they often misuse the term.
“Unfortunately, the term ‘allergy’ is sometimes used by the public...
Medicines may lose their effectiveness if they
are exposed to sunlight or temperatures above
88�F (31�C) or below
Check expiration dates, and replace your medicines as needed.
the color of your medicines. Epinephrine should be clear. A solution that is
pinkish brown should be thrown away.
Always keep an allergy kit with you. And it's best to keep
extra kits in several different places, such as at home and at work.
Don't leave epinephrine in cars or bags that may be left where the temperature
gets too hot or too cold.
Epinephrine usually comes as a preloaded, automatic,
self-injecting syringe, such as an epinephrine shot. To be safe, carry two
Epinephrine also comes in doses for
children. Children who are at risk of severe allergic reactions should keep
kits at school or day care as well as at home.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 25, 2011
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