Preventing from anaphylaxis


If you have experienced an episode of anaphylaxis you will probably be prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector.

You may need to keep multiple auto-injectors around the house, in your car, or in your purse if possible. Since currently in the United States epinephrine auto-injectors can be expensive, you may not have this option. Whatever your situation is, it is important that you have access to at least one of this life saving medication in the event of an episode.

You will want to develop a plan with your healthcare provider and family about what to do if you go into anaphylaxis. This may include teaching your friends and family to recognize symptoms such as wheezing, swelling of the hands and face, or a rash. Your family also needs to know where to find and how to use your epinephrine injection if needed.

In the case of children these instructions will need to be given to babysitters and school teachers as well as anyone who will be caring for your child while you are away.

Always call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room if you experience symptoms of anaphylaxis, even if you have epinephrine. Even if you feel that your symptoms have subsided they may suddenly get worse. While unlikely, you should be monitored in an emergency room setting for a period of time in case this occurs.

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