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When would self-injectable epinephrine be prescribed for a food allergy or allergies?

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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Severe allergy

This would be prescribed for a serious food allergy that has the potential to cause as a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
A history of hives or respiratory symptoms caused by a food ingestion with evidence of allergy to that food on testing suggests the need to carry epinephrine. Common foods would include peanut, tree nuts, fish, or shellfish, although any food can be implicated.

In brief: Severe allergy

This would be prescribed for a serious food allergy that has the potential to cause as a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
A history of hives or respiratory symptoms caused by a food ingestion with evidence of allergy to that food on testing suggests the need to carry epinephrine. Common foods would include peanut, tree nuts, fish, or shellfish, although any food can be implicated.
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
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Dr. Gloria Fong
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Self-injectable Epinephrine is for severe reaction to food , bee sting, insect bites.
Usually for hive and hive-like reactions.

In brief: Yes

Self-injectable Epinephrine is for severe reaction to food , bee sting, insect bites.
Usually for hive and hive-like reactions.
Dr. Gloria Fong
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Dr. Paul Williams
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Most of the time

Any true food allergy confirmed with skin test or blood tests for ige antibody, but not igg antibody, has the potential to cause a life threatening reaction, even if prior reactions have been mild.
Such patients should always have epinephrine. There are other types of food reactions that do not involve this type of immune response, see an allergist to clarify.

In brief: Most of the time

Any true food allergy confirmed with skin test or blood tests for ige antibody, but not igg antibody, has the potential to cause a life threatening reaction, even if prior reactions have been mild.
Such patients should always have epinephrine. There are other types of food reactions that do not involve this type of immune response, see an allergist to clarify.
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