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Doctor insights on: Carrying 2 Epi Pens

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I lately have had two instances when I nearly choked from my throat swelling. Should I carry an epi pen?

I lately have had two instances when I nearly choked from my throat swelling.  Should I carry an epi pen?

Hard to know: You really need to have an ENT evaluation of your throat swelling. Allergy is a possibility but acid reflux is a possibility as well. There are many factors involved and difficult to evaluate based on your question alone. ...Read more

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How severe does a nut allergy need to be to warrant carrying around an epi pen?

How severe does a nut allergy need to be to warrant carrying around an epi pen?

Always carry EpiPen (epinephrine): Peanut and tree nut allergies have some of the highest rates of fatal anaphylaxis, and Epinephrine can be life saving. Unfortunately, you cannot predict how severe a person's reaction will be based on a previous reaction--there are too many variables. For that reason, in general we recommend that everyone with any history of reaction to these foods carry an epi pen. See an allergist for more info. ...Read more

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Are two couples carrying thalessimia trait able to have children?

Are two couples carrying thalessimia trait able to have children?

Yes: When two members of a couple both have the same type of thalassemia trait, there is a 25% chance of having an affected baby and a 50% chance of having a baby with trait. This means that up to 1 in 4 children might have thalassemia. They should see a genetic counselor and talk to their obstetrician. In addition, they might talk to persons with thalassemia to learn more about life with the disease. ...Read more

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I conceived triplets but lost two. My son was born small but healthy. I am very small. What are my chances of conceiving/carrying to term multiples?

I conceived triplets but lost two. My son was born small but healthy. I am very small. What are my chances of conceiving/carrying to term multiples?

Only your OB: Can answer that question based on your exam , uterine shape medical and family history, it is always better to and safer to carry one baby than multiples. ...Read more

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Hello. I was carrying groceries home yesterday and when I got back I noticed the skin on my left tricep is numb. Went to sleep, woke up, still numb. I was carrying two bags of bottled water. 12oz per bag. one in each hand for about 3 miles. I'm 5'9, 21, m

Hello. I was carrying groceries home yesterday and when I got back I noticed the skin on my left tricep is numb. Went to sleep, woke up, still numb. I was carrying two bags of bottled water. 12oz per bag. one in each hand for about 3 miles. I'm 5'9, 21, m

Axillary neuropathy?: Hard to say without further details such as weakness, pain or understanding the area of numbness. An axillary neuropathy can cause a circumscribed sensory loss on the lateral shoulder without much weakness. There can be compression of the posterior or medial cutaneous nerve from carrying the groceries. If the numbness does not improve or if you develop further symptoms, please see your physician. ...Read more

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What is the best way to safely carry an epi-pen?

What is the best way to safely carry an epi-pen?

Epipen (epinephrine): Epipen (epinephrine) comes in a plastic devise made for carrying in a purse. For guys, a fanny pack works well. Don't leave an Epipen (epinephrine) in a car as the temp inside will destroy the epi. (especially during the summer). If you put one in the frig. , put it in a ziplock to protect it from moisture. ...Read more

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Could i carry an epi-pen on my person while traveling on an airplane?

Could i carry an epi-pen on my person while traveling on an airplane?

Don't know why: Not. To be sure check w/the airline when making your reservation. I've never had patients have problems before, even w/insulin syringes, pens, etc. ...Read more

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My toddler was recently prescribed an epi pen jr for an egg allergy. It came with 2 pens. Should I carry both of them or only one?

My toddler was recently prescribed an epi pen jr for an egg allergy.  It came with 2 pens. Should I carry both of them or only one?

Carry one.: It's very rare to need more than one, and for a toddler, one is a big dose. Make sure they gave you the "junior" size. And if you don't already have one, make a list of the symptoms that should make you think about using it - usually difficult/noisy breathing, swelling of tongue or throat, difficulty talking, wheezing, or persistent cough, but ask your doctor for any others. Carry that list too. ...Read more

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