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If one has serious anaphylaxis, it is necessary to carry an epipen (epinephrine) around?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
American Express: Don't leave home without it. Sadly most deaths from anaphylaxis occur in victims who knew exactly what was happening but did not have their Epipen (epinephrine) with them, it was either left behind at home or at the hotel or in the car while they were at a restaurant. In most instances symptoms of anaphylaxis develop in just a few minutes. Your Epipen (epinephrine) is worthless if its not within easy reach.
Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Anaphylaxis serious: Absolutely! although anaphylaxis is not necessarily resolved with injectable Epinephrine it is the only treatment that will hopefully give you time to get to emergency care. It is then imperative to be seen by a board certiified allergist to try to identify the cause of the anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be fatal. Carry your Epipen (epinephrine) and see the allergist!

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Last updated Nov 28, 2014

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