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Prednisone and food allergies? Is prednisone helpful for a bad food allergy reaction?

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Dr. Stephen Hefler
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Less so

The best treatment for food allergies defined as having symptoms after ingesting certain foods (and not just having a blood testing stating food allergy is present) is first and foremost, avoidance and secondarily by carrying epipen(jr) which is adrenaline which can be injected into the person's thigh asap after contact with the allergen.
Prednisone is much less useful.

In brief: Less so

The best treatment for food allergies defined as having symptoms after ingesting certain foods (and not just having a blood testing stating food allergy is present) is first and foremost, avoidance and secondarily by carrying epipen(jr) which is adrenaline which can be injected into the person's thigh asap after contact with the allergen.
Prednisone is much less useful.
Dr. Stephen Hefler
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Dr. Richard Wachs
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not acutely

The treatment for an acute allergic reaction is epinepherine.
Antihistamines can be given after as an adjunct. Steroids do not play a role in the treatment of acute anaphylactic reactions. They may be helpful in preventing the delayed second phase of an allergic reaction that can occur 4-12 after onset.

In brief: Not acutely

The treatment for an acute allergic reaction is epinepherine.
Antihistamines can be given after as an adjunct. Steroids do not play a role in the treatment of acute anaphylactic reactions. They may be helpful in preventing the delayed second phase of an allergic reaction that can occur 4-12 after onset.
Dr. Richard Wachs
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Dr. Thomas Klein
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Yes

Prednisone decreases the inflammatory/allergic response and may take hours to kick in.
Treatment of food allergy includes avoiding the offending food, antihistamine and epinephrine. In an acute reaction you can take antihistamines on the way to the er but Epinephrine works best. Steroids do help reduce the overall bad consequences of a bad food reaction.

In brief: Yes

Prednisone decreases the inflammatory/allergic response and may take hours to kick in.
Treatment of food allergy includes avoiding the offending food, antihistamine and epinephrine. In an acute reaction you can take antihistamines on the way to the er but Epinephrine works best. Steroids do help reduce the overall bad consequences of a bad food reaction.
Dr. Thomas Klein
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