Patient Comments: Anaphylaxis - Prevention

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If you've experienced anaphylaxis, how do you prevent another occurrence? Do you have an EpiPen? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Two Hawks, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 19

My allergist ordered an allergy test and found that I had developed a severe reaction to all tree nuts. After the first of six trips to the emergency room (there is a learning curve, tree nuts are in a lot of things), I read all food labels, and have cut down on processed foods. And I made up a small waist pack first aid kit that I carry everywhere I go. The two Epi-pens, Benadryl, albuterol, beclomethasone, prednisone and a printout on 'anaphylaxis emergency action plan' with contact info, my stats, and a marker pen to note time when/what medicines taken. First responders were amazed at my life saving kit. Still have to go to the emergency room just to make sure all stays well. You need to avoid all allergens and learn all there is to know about this condition. Stay safe.

Comment from: Rabbit, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I live on my own. I have had allergies all my life and asthma, but no food allergies until one night I was eating Brazil nuts (a favorite that I ate at Christmas throughout my childhood). I went to bed and my hands started burning and violently itching. I put them under the cold tap. I went back to bed, thinking I would call the doctor the following day. The next thing, my whole body, and especially my groin, were violently itching and burning. I got a hair brush to my body. Next thing, I feel my throat and tongue swelling and pressure increasing in my ears. At that point I called the ambulance and opened the front and porch doors to let them in. I was half conscious when they arrived, and they couldn't find me to start with. That was scary because they might go away again. They got me in the ambulance and treated me there and then with steroids, antihistamine, oxygen and I don't really know what else. My breathing was getting worse. I had a reaction to the steroids, and my groin went ballistic, all hot and stinging. They took me to the hospital and I was treated in crash, again with steroids, antihistamines and other drugs. I was kept in overnight. As a result of the attack, there are now broken veins all over my cheeks, permanently. I have since had smaller reactions, to wheat in particular. It was very frightening, and only because I worked in a hospital for 20 years did I know what it was and call for the ambulance when I did. It made me realize just how much I want to live.

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