You come home after a day away, step into the house, and the symptoms hit: Watery eyes, scratchy throat, congestion. Could it be indoor allergies?
Allergies are very common. An estimated 50 million Americans are allergic to everything from dust and dander, to mold and mites.
But what about you? How can you be sure you have indoor allergies -- and pinpoint what’s causing them? To help you understand what’s behind your allergy symptoms, WebMD got tips from experts on how to recognize common allergy...
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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