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What are general times to give an auto-injector shot?

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Two general times to use an auto-injector are when you have:

  • A life-threatening allergy and you've had contact with your allergy trigger. An example: If you have a peanut allergy and your boyfriend ate peanuts and then kissed you, take the shot right away.
  • Allergy symptoms, including: trouble breathing, or your airways shut down; your face, mouth, lips, or tongue swell; skin reactions like hives, itching, or flushing; nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea; or you get dizzy or faint.

SOURCES:

Jane Purser, MD, Allergy Clinic of Tulsa, OK.

Rabia Chaudhry, MD, Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Management, Moorestown, NJ.

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “When to Use an Epinephrine Auto-injector.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2018

SOURCES:

Jane Purser, MD, Allergy Clinic of Tulsa, OK.

Rabia Chaudhry, MD, Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Management, Moorestown, NJ.

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “When to Use an Epinephrine Auto-injector.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2018

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