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We live out in the country and go out to the forest often, sometimes where we are out of cell phone reception and about an hour from a hospital/medical center. I called her doctor and she perscribed EpiPen Jr, but then I called back and said that she wasn't 33 lbs yet. Her doctor isn't comfortable with me drawing up a syringe of epinephrine and dosing her that way, is there an alternative? Should I find a doctor who will give me an infant's dose of epinepherine?
Will be in a rather remote area where urgent/quick medical aid is not an option and we are concerned about bee/wasp stings or an onset of a severe food reaction causing anaphylaxis. Should we ask our ped. for a scrip for an Epipen jr.? Or is the yongster too small at this time? Would Benedryl help in case of an occurance until medical aid arrived? What would you all reccommend we absolutely MUST pack in our emergency kit for the boy? Thank you!!!!
I use Benadryl as my first line of defense once a reaction starts. Many times it works and I don't have to use the Epipen. I hate the way the Epipen makes me feel. So do ask your doctor. I don't want to scare you but severe allergic reactions can be a serious problem. So do inquire about when to use the Epipen. I never use it immediately. I always try the benadryl first and it's very cheap. The Epipen is my just in case medicine.
On yet another trip I was told I was panicing, I was seeing black and feeling like my throat was closing off so they gave me some kind of steroid through a IV and within 15 minutes my vision cleared and I felt great, they also gave me a medrol dose pack or something like that which didn't seem to do much for me.
SO I'm not sure where this one came from but I immediately slapped and ice pack on the site of the sting and then headed for the local semi-ER. Evidentially I did the right thing as the difficulty breathing didn't start until just as I got there (about 15 minutes). In the past I was having severe breathing problems within 5 minutes. It took only about 5 more minutes before they gave me an Epi shot and probably another 15 or 20 minutes for it to calm everything down.
Had an occurrance of partial paralysis in right arm, took cortisone pack, by next day was better. Brain fog symptoms started 3 years ago. In last 3 years, feel weaker and weaker all over. Get tired easily.
4 days after my first dr visit, I have to go back b/c hives were popping up on my legs, knees, etc. He finally prescribed a medrol dose pack (steroid). This gave me temporary relief (Wednesday-Tuesday, about 5-6 days). On the last day (only 1 pill), that morning at work I drank a cup of coffee with artificial sweetener (pink packets-think it has saccarin in it). Within an hour or so, I had a raised welt on my elbow about the size of a quarter.
My sister now has to have an epipen on hand in case he accidentally ingests pb again. I would be TICKED. You need to request that he doesn't get those foods. They should operate the other way around, and only feed it to those who ok it. It's not like there isn't anything else to eat! WOW!
they stuck me about 6 different times to try and start an IV but they couldn't get a drop of blood pretty much so I was very dehydrated too. they stuck some warm blankets on me and a head pack on my hand and then after a while they were able to start one. I was then admitted to ICU I I stayed there for 3 days. they told me I I over dosed on aspirin and I know I didn't but they said my body wasn't metabolizing it.
I'm not trying to scare you, but It is extremely important to find out what foods you're allergic to as anaphilaxis can be life threatening. I have to avoid certain foods and I also carry benedryl and an Epipen just incase I accidentally come in contact with certain foods. I'm not sure of the exact number of things that I am allergic to, but it was very high. However, only certain ones (in my case foods) are extremely dangerous to me.
In respect of the cereal then it could be that constant exposure has lead to the allergy My only other thought is that a common difficult to spot food allergy is cyclates (sp) which is frequently used as a preservative in pre pack food. Worth a google?
High dose steroids can cause all sorts of things including osteoporosis. What is the reason for prednisone and what is the strength? The Medrol dose pack which is a week long dosage pack is nothing to worry about in my opinion. It's when you get into the higher dosages over a long period of time that you need to be a little concerned. I have been on courses of high dose steroids every few years for 10 years.
The only thing that completely stops an angioedema attack for me is a shot with an epipen. Benedryl doesn't touch it, Allegra slows it down and Zyrtec had been preventing it until I came down with the flu last week and my resistance to such things was lowered. My upper lip is swollen today; I've taken a megadose of Allegra (360 mg) which may have slowed down the swelling (hard to know for sure).
hive all the time but I try not to take any medication unless it is really severe. I do carry an epipen for emergency and I recommend everyone with idiopathic angioedema too. Everyone situation may be different but THIS is a LIFE THREATENING situation that could shut off your airway at any given time when a major episode occurs. I also wear a medical ID tag that identify that I have idiopathic angioedema and that bendaryl must be given be any surgery or operation.
Regardless of the answer, probably a good idea not the pack away the raw oysters like I've been doing lately (already gave up Sushi because of the salt content) , so thanks for the reminder.
i find that with these random swellings, an epipen and the benadryl will produce results better then just the benadryl alone. i have also been put on a mild steriod before, this did nothing to help. i have also in the past been put on a one a day allergie med, again this did nothing. in 12 years i havnt been able find a way to prevent the swellings but i honestly feel that the best way to treat them when they do happen is benadryl and epinephrine. good luck.
-( Anyway, i dont blame the rest of the world, they really dont understand, i have even had dentist look at me like i was crazy! But I do wish the toothpaste industry would get a CLUE and offer more products... grown-ups like berry toothpaste too :-) Oh, had my first reaction when I was 2 and my dad gave me a chewable pill for an upset stomach that was mint flavored. Remember that moment (it was horrible) like it was yesterday and that was 25 years ago!
I have severe allergies. Dust mites is my worst allergy to the point my allergist has me carry an Epipen. I also have asthma. I can deal with just about anything and I have a strong spirit but when it comes to my eyes, feeling, and looking as they do I can become so desperate and depressed. The itching is unbearable at times. If you are reading this I am sure you feel my pain. When I found this thread I read every post. I saw the posts about people who tried Mario Badescu control cream.
Doctors seem to be clueless as to how to treat hives. I too started off on a steroid pack, zyrtec, and claritin. Now because off this other condition that is similar to an allergic reaction and they also have no clue to I am on prednisone twice a day, zyrtec, allergra twice a day, ranitidine, and singular. I still have whatever this condition is and although it helps a little it never completely goes away. So again, good luck and god bless.
I have had a similar condition for the past 8 years. I abused alcohol (a 6 pack a day) smoked a pack a day and ate very spicy foods. Then I had a near fainting experience and was driven to the doctor, who suggested to take some blood samples... which turned all ok. I stopped smoking after that, but I ended in the hospital a couple of days later; my stomach was killing me, every time I breathe I felt like I was going to faint, horrible.
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