A 53-year-old member asked:
when would self-injectable epinephrine be prescribed for a food allergy or allergies?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos answered
18 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Severe allergy: This would be prescribed for a serious food allergy that has the potential to cause as a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. A history of hives or respiratory symptoms caused by a food ingestion with evidence of allergy to that food on testing suggests the need to carry epinephrine. Common foods would include peanut, tree nuts, fish, or shellfish, although any food can be implicated.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Paul Williams answered
27 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Most of the time: Any true food allergy confirmed with skin test or blood tests for ige antibody, but not igg antibody, has the potential to cause a life threatening reaction, even if prior reactions have been mild. Such patients should always have epinephrine. There are other types of food reactions that do not involve this type of immune response, see an allergist to clarify.
Answered on Oct 19, 2012
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