It's hard enough to cope with allergies on the weekend, but dealing with allergies at work is even more challenging.
Ask anyone who's ever dozed off in the middle of an important meeting because of allergy symptoms or medications.
"Allergy symptoms are the No. 2 reason adults miss work," says James Sublett, MD, a board-certified asthma and allergy specialist in Louisville, Ky.
The average worker with allergies misses about one hour per week over the course of a year. But that sick time is often...
If the person has an epinephrine injector, don’t wait to use it, even if you aren’t sure the symptoms are allergy-related. It won’t hurt him and may save his life. The drug will stop symptoms for a few minutes, but it isn’t a cure. Call 911, even if he seems to be OK after getting the epinephrine. He may need more medical treatment.
How to Use Epinephrine
This strong, fast-acting medication is given with an easy-to-use auto-injector. It's available by prescription only.
Inject the drug at the first sign of a reaction, and call 911 right away. Don’t move the person unless he’s in an unsafe place.
Have him sit down, lie down, or stay in the most comfortable position for breathing.
Be aware that epinephrine can make you feel jumpy, boost your heart rate and make you feel a little sick. It won’t last long if it happens.
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