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If one has serious anaphylaxis, it is necessary to carry an epipen (epinephrine) around?

American Express. Don't leave home without it. Sadly most deaths from anaphylaxis occur in victims who knew exactly what was happening but did not have their Epipen (epinephrine) with them, it was either left behind at home or at the hotel or in the car while they were at a restaurant. In most instances symptoms of anaphylaxis develop in just a few minutes. Your Epipen (epinephrine) is worthless if its not within easy reach. 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 more...

Why do I need an epipen (epinephrine) for a peanut allergy if I never have had anaphylaxis?

Unpredictable. The primary reason is that you never know how severe future reactions can be. Just because you've never had an anaphylactic reaction to peanut does not mean you never will. Please carry your epipen! Read more...
Safety. The manifestation of an allergic reaction to a particular food or other allergen is not predictable. If one is diagnosed with food allergy, then it is known that severe reactions can occur particularly with peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish. Skin testing or blood testing for these allergens do not predict the clinical symptoms that can occur. Read more...