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What should I do in an anaphylaxis emergency?

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If someone looks like they’re having an anaphylactic reaction, call for emergency help, even if they’ve taken epinephrine. They might need more doses or other medical treatment. Anyone who has this type of response should be checked by medical personnel. After getting epinephrine, steroid drugs (like prednisone or methylprednisolone) and antihistamines can also help calm the reaction and prevent the return of symptoms.

SOURCES: 

Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters: "The diagnosis and management of anaphylaxis practice parameter: 2010 Update."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Anaphylaxis."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Anaphylaxis."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Anaphylaxis: Overview.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anaphylaxis: Symptoms.”

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 11, 2018

SOURCES: 

Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters: "The diagnosis and management of anaphylaxis practice parameter: 2010 Update."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Anaphylaxis."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Anaphylaxis."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Anaphylaxis: Overview.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anaphylaxis: Symptoms.”

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 11, 2018

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