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How Do I Know If My Child Is Having An Adverse Reaction To A Vaccine
Call for questions: Common reactions after vaccines include mild fussiness, low grade fevers for a day or two, and maybe a mild pink rash. (certain vaccines, like measles or chicken pox, tend to cause their reactions after several days or so.) anything beyond these common signs deserves a call to your child's pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more
Diarrhea, rash: Food allergy including to formula often presents with diarrhea, vomiting or skin rash (eczema). However other allergic reactions like runny/stuffy nose, recurrent or chronic ear infections, and sometimes even cough or wheeze can occur with a food allergy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Look for signs: Though s/he can't tell you in words, watch for signs of itching: rubbing her cheeks into your neck or shoulder, crankiness, fussiness and crying without an obvious source. Redness, hives, rashes. Look for puffiness of the face, eyelids, cheeks. Food allergy may trigger vomiting, coughing, and wheezing. If s/he becomes lethargic, or floppy - do not delay: call 911. ...Read more
Reaction: There has been a controversy when it comes to vaccination and reactions to it. I strongly recommend that my patients educate themselves and take a proactive stand when it comes to theirs or their children's health. There are websites like: www.Mercola.Com, www.Russellblaylockmd.Com, www.Nvic.Org. You get the opinion of both osteopathic and allopathic physicians. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
My son is having an allergic reaction; I can't tell the cause. I don't have an epee pen with me. What should I do until I can get to the hospital?
If my child has not had an adverse reaction to a vaccine, can I be sure he will not have one in the future?
No: Adverse reactions, sadly, cannot be 100% predicted based on previous vaccine reaction history, either positive or negative. Though I am a huge fan of vaccines, there's always the potential for an adverse reaction. Thankfully, the risk of serious adverse reactions is very low, much less than the risks of the diseases that vaccines protect against. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
I couldn't get my second MMR shot due to a severe allergic reaction to it. What ingredient would cause this? Not allergic to any others. Will I be ok?
?Neomycin, hopefully: Like all vaccines, the MMR vaccine has many ingredients one could react to, but the most likely is neomycin, which is known to cause severe allergic reactions. See list of the ingredients in my comment. Also see http://bit.ly/16RdeGh for a general discussion about vaccine safety and hazards. Hard to know if you'll be OK without more details of your reaction, but it's OK to not get more MMR. ...Read more
Hard to know: The best way to prove anaphylaxis is to demonstrate elevated tryptase levels (blood test) at the time of the reaction. Often, this test is not done as symptoms and timing with suspected trigger is enough to diagnose and treat. If one suspects they have had an anaphylactic reaction (now resolved), then they should urgently discuss with a physician to see if epi prescription is needed. ...Read more
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
When i was a baby, i've had a reaction to penecilline (alot of red mark on my skin, according to my mother) and ever since i'm suppose to be allergic to peneciline. But i would like to know if there's a way or a test that i can do to know for sure if i'm
Symptoms: Most reactions to medications are not true allergies but an issue of side effects or intolerance. It's important to be clear because being truly allergic to a class of meds means you shouldn't take them which may limit your treatment options going forward. True allergic reactions typically manifest as a rash, difficulty breathing, or swelling. Symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea are unlikely allerg. ...Read more
I have a hypersensitivity nodule to a MMR vaccine, but what if it is contraindicated, how would I know? How long before the nodule should go away?
Local Reaction: Typical reaction to vaccines involve a local reaction. Manifests as redness and painful swelling around the site of the injection that in some cases may last for a few days. Uncomplicated local reactions may be treated with cold compresses and NSAIDs for pain. Could also be a local muscle contusion that takes time to heal. See primary doctor if lesion persists despite above treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rash,swelling,cough: If you have started taking a drug and it gives you any of the following symptoms rash and itching on the body swelling any part of body espacially face runny nose cough and wheezing tightening of throat or airways causing difficulty in breathing anaphylaxis fall in bp, rapid and weak pulse, sweating, tightness in chest nausea vomitind and diarrhea. ...Read more
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