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March 27, 2016

Allergic Reactions

Allergic Reactions occur when the body reacts to something causing it to produce substances to attack the exposure. What can cause this type of reaction to occur? It can happen with foods, medications, and insect bites or bee stings.

Symptoms of Allergic Reactions

You could experience any of the following symptoms such as itchy red rash, swelling either localized or generalized, or hives. More severe symptoms occur when you have trouble breathing or swallowing, and these can be life threatening. For minor reactions such as a rash, you can take Benadryl which is an over the counter antihistamine to see if this will control it, as Histamines are of the substances we produce to cause the allergic reaction. However, if the symptoms persist or continue to spread, you should go to an emergency room such as FRONTLINE ER, immediately for further care.

In patients with a history of severe allergic reactions, a physician will often write a prescription for an epinephrine pen also know as an EpiPen, for short. In the case of more serious reactions, administering this drug can save your life until you can get to an emergency room, such as FRONTLINE ER. If you are having these symptoms for the first time take Benadryl, and immediately transport yourself to an emergency room as quickly as you can.

You should also know that your local EMS services carry the EpiPen with them and can administer this life-saving drug to you on-scene. If you have life threatening symptoms such as difficulty breathing or swallowing, call 911 immediately. Lastly, never retest yourself or family members if you are unsure if they are allergic to something, as this can cause a life threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis.

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