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If You Are Allergic To Bees Do You Need To Carry An Epipen
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Being allergic to bees. Is taking celestamine tablets after a sing sufficient or is an epipen (epinephrine) required? How long will the celestamine take to work?
Too long: Unless you have certain medical conditions the risk of a dangerous allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) far outweighs the risk associated with an Epinephrine injection. Shoot first, ask questions later . Take the antihistamine afterwards. Deaths from anaphylaxis are associated with delays in administration of epinephrine. Have your Dr. provide a written action plan for you and those close to you ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prescription: Talk to your provider about your allergic reaction. If you've never had an EpiPen (epinephrine) before, ask the pharmacist to show you how it works. There is a practice delivery pen that comes with the real device. Practice frequently so it will be reflexive, second-nature if you have to use it in an emergency situation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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