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Treating a Severe Allergic Reaction - Topic Overview

If you have symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, call911or other emergency services immediately.

  • If your doctor has prescribed an allergy kit, use the kit if:
    • Your symptoms are severe.
    • You have a kit immediately available.
    • You have been taught how and when to use the kit.
    • You have had a severe reaction in the past from the same type of sting, bite, food, or medicine (allergens), and similar symptoms are developing.
  • Take an antihistamine, such as Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton, to help reduce your symptoms. Read and follow any warnings on the label.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: April 08, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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