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How do I tell people I carry epipen (epinephrine) if travel alone?

How do I tell people I carry epipen (epinephrine) if travel alone?

Simlple is best: Life threatening allergies are always a concern while traveling. If you meet up with someone while traveling let them know about your allergies. Something simple such as "i have a severe allergy to xyz which can be frightening to me and you. I always carry a an easy to use Epipen (epinephrine) in my........ May I take a moment to show you how it works? ". Then show them how simple it is to use. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Stung by bee as child would cause a lot of swelling but don't remember anything else. Concerned about going on long hike, should I carry EpiPen (epinephrine)?

Stung by bee as child would cause a lot of swelling but don't remember anything else. Concerned about going on long hike, should I carry EpiPen (epinephrine)?

Insect bites: Getting stung and having a natural local response swelling redness pain itching is normal. It is not a for sure that you will then be hyper- sensitiEd. ...Read more

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If you are allergic to bees do you need to carry an epipen (epinephrine)?

If you are allergic to bees do you need to carry an epipen (epinephrine)?

Bee allergy: It depends on the reaction you have to a bee sting. If your throat starts to swell and it becomes difficult to breath; I would definitely recommend carrying an epi-pen. Additionally it is important to see an allergist to be tested. Venom immunotherapy is highly successful in reducing the chances of repeat reactions including anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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

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

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! ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to medicine: do I have to carry an epipen (epinephrine) if I avoid it?

Allergic reaction to medicine: do I have to carry an epipen (epinephrine) if I avoid it?

Know epipen (epinephrine): Epipen (epinephrine) is recommended to be carried if there is a risk, even a remote risk, of a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis. This might occur inadvertendly. If the medicine to be avoided has zero chance of contact, then Epipen (epinephrine) might not be carried. If can be given by accident, for example, an over the counter drug, then it is best to be safe than sorry. ...Read more

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I carry an epipen (epinephrine). How long would it take for anaphylaxis to occur if I ate something containing peanuts?

I carry an epipen (epinephrine). How long would it take for anaphylaxis to occur if I ate something containing peanuts?

Varies: Typically within a few minutes and up to 30 min. It can take longer, but this is rare. Go to the emergency room if you suspect anaphylaxis, and use your Epinephrine auto injector (epipen, auvi-q) if so indicated. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to shellfish and I carry an EpiPen (epinephrine) just in case of a severe reaction. I never had to use it yet. How much time does it give you before ER?

I'm allergic to shellfish and I carry an EpiPen (epinephrine) just in case of a severe reaction. I never had to use it yet. How much time does it give you before ER?

Depends: On the severity of the allergic reaction/anaphylaxis and the initial response to the first dose, which is usually favorable, also once diagnosed to have severe allergic reaction/anaphylaxis and epinephrine used, ambulance /911 should be called, antihistamines should be given also at the same time, so keep 2 tablets of any handy. Always watch for expiry date and get two dispensed, hope you won't need it ...Read more

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Should a child who reacted to blueberry with full-body hives and swollen lips carry an EpiPen (epinephrine)? Blueberries seem easy enough to avoid.

Should a child who reacted to blueberry with full-body hives and swollen lips carry an EpiPen (epinephrine)? Blueberries seem easy enough to avoid.

Don't assume: Not the blueberries; willing to bet. 25 yrs an allergist, true cases are exceedingly rare. May not be even food. May not even be anaphylaxis; just idiopathic urticaria with angioedema. See an allergist. Why label and carry epi unneccessarily? Sounds like you have enough on your hands. Just saying. Get allergy consult and accurate testing. ...Read more

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I get hives on my thighs/sometimes arms when I'm in cold weather and then go into warmth. Should I carry an epipen (epinephrine)? See a doctor? Life threatening??

I get hives on my thighs/sometimes arms when I'm in cold weather and then go into warmth. Should I carry an epipen (epinephrine)? See a doctor? Life threatening??

Likely not: Unless you also have problem when swimming in cool water, this is not a life-threatening issue. Although most cases of cholinergic urticaria is related to cooling following an increase in core body temperature, cold -induced cholinergic urticaria has been reported although it must be quite rare. Try taking an antihistamine 1-2 hrs prior to exposure to cold weather and see if this helps. ...Read more

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Is there treatment to build immunity to bee stings? A few years ago I broke out in hives all over my body after a sting. I carry an epipen (epinephrine).

Is there treatment to build immunity to bee stings? A few years ago I broke out in hives all over my body after a sting. I carry an epipen (epinephrine).

Absolutely.: I strongly disagree with the previous answer. Venom immunotherapy is absolutely effective for patients with bee sting allergy. Vit, administered to the proper patient, in the proper doses, by a bc allergist, reduces one's risk for anaphylaxis to "bee stings" from 40-70% risk to the low single digits. ...Read more

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I have severe shellfish allergy. I never had Anaphylaxis but I carry an EpiPen (epinephrine). Will an EpiPen (epinephrine) reverse throat swelling? I have Asthma as well.

I have severe shellfish allergy. I never had Anaphylaxis but I carry an EpiPen (epinephrine). Will an EpiPen (epinephrine) reverse throat swelling? I have Asthma as well.

Yes it would: Epipen (epinephrine) would help open the blocked airway, that's what it's meant for besides dilating the air passages in the lungs and elevating the blood pressure in case of anaphylaxis ...Read more

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Asthma and hives - should I be carrying an epipen (epinephrine)? React to mold and get hive.

Peace of mind?: Epi pens are usually kept by people who have had an anaphylactic reaction to an allergen (life threatening situation). This is something you should discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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What happens after using an epipen (epinephrine)?

What happens after using an epipen (epinephrine)?

Epipen (epinephrine): The Epipen (epinephrine) is used for serious life threatening allergic reactions. In a person afficted with one of those, it will save thier life. No harm.
In a person not afflicted with a life threatening allergic event, it will increase the bp, anxiety, pulse, sweatiness but otherwise should be uneventful unless there is a history of coronary heart disease. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from an epipen (epinephrine)?

Yes but rare: Epinephrine is also known as adrenaline. It can make your heart beat stronger and faster. Certain individuals with pre-existing heart disease may be more prone to a heart attack or irregular heart beat but this is unusual when used for the proper indication and is more likely to save your life. ...Read more

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At what point should I use my epipen (epinephrine)?

Immediately: Use your Epipen at the first signs of a severe allergic reaction which can occur minutes to hours after exposure. Signs can include itching or swelling of the mouth and throat, hives, shortness of breath, coughing, or dizziness. If you are unsure you are having a reaction, it is generally better to use the Epipen. Call 911 or have someone get you to an emergency room after using your Epipen. ...Read more

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Can you use 0.3mg of epinephrine by syringe instead of an epipen?

Can you use 0.3mg of epinephrine by syringe instead of an epipen?

Yes: You can, however, I think there is concern about appropriate dosing and that is why the epipen exists in the first place. However, that has crossed my mind as a possibility. ...Read more

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How can I get an epipen (epinephrine) for precaution from my alllergic reactions?

Doctor: Epipens (epinephrine) require prescriptions, so you should talk to your pcp about your concern and obtain a prescription. ...Read more

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How come I should go to the emergency room after using an epipen (epinephrine) (adrenaline)?

Can always recur: Epinephrine may only be helpful for a short time and you can have life-threatening rebound symptoms. ...Read more

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What are reasons why I'm told to go to the emergency room after using an epipen (epinephrine) (adrenaline)?

Great question: 1. You may need more medicine.
2. The medicine may cause unwanted side effects
3. Your "reaction" may need further/different treatment ...Read more

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I been given a epipen (epinephrine) I was wonrdring why I have to go hosiptal after useing it and what would they do at the hosiptal?

I been given a epipen (epinephrine) I was wonrdring why I have to go hosiptal after useing it and what would they do at the hosiptal?

Rebound phenomena: Emergency room followup after using an epi-pen is a good idea. The Epinephrine in the pen can provide life saving intervention to ward off the effect of an allergic exposure, but the pen may ware off within minutes or hours and any residual trigger (food, sting venom, etc.) could start it over. Iv or injected steroids or longer lasting meds may be needed to treat you. ...Read more

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Is a 20cm local swellig and redness to mosquito bit so severe? Is an epipen (epinephrine) necessary? Can it turn to systemic response next time?

Is a 20cm local swellig and redness to mosquito bit so severe? Is an epipen (epinephrine) necessary? Can it turn to systemic response next time?

That's a lot: I've never heard of anaphyllaxis to mosquito bite, but I've never heard of 20 cm hive either. But apparently not only does it (REALLY RARELY) happen, but about half the cases weren't due to the mosquito but because the person was very very sensitive and had huge amounts of histamine. So. Epi pen, and testing for MASTOCYTOSIS if one is being very cautious. ...Read more

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Why do epipens (epinephrine) need to be administered thru the leg?

Why do epipens (epinephrine) need to be administered thru the leg?

Intramuscular: Access for drug delivery and low probability of hitting a nerve or a blood vessel in the leg since they're deeper than in arms. ...Read more

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What can happen once I use my epipen (epinephrine)?

Epipen (epinephrine): The symptoms may return. That is why more treatment is needed for the allergic rxn after epipen (epinephrine). ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about when to use the epipen (epinephrine)?

Can you tell me more about when to use the epipen (epinephrine)?

Acute allergy: Epipen (epinephrine) is for an acute allergic reaction. If you have a known allergy & come into contact with that allergen for any reason, you may develop a reaction. If you develop sudden shortness of breath, wheezing, throat closing, face/lip/tongue swelling, or severe rash (more than just mild non-raised redness on 1 part of your body), inject the epipen (epinephrine) into a large muscle (e.g. thigh) immed. & call 911. ...Read more

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I have one EpiPen, (epinephrine) do I need two? Or is one enough?

2 is better: Anaphylaxis treatment can be unpredictable and sometimes requires 2 doses or more of epi. Hence, if the 1st dose isn't successful at reversing anaphylaxis symptoms, having another dose is great. At the same time, seeking immediate medical attention is important as sometimes, IV fluids are required if the EpiPen (epinephrine) is unsuccessful at elevating the blood pressure if the blood pressure is low. ...Read more

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