About Anaphylaxis

Epinephrine & Anaphylaxis Treatment

Are You Ready to Take Action?
Avoidance of allergic triggers is the crucial first step in managing a potentially life-threatening (severe) allergy, but allergic triggers are not always obvious. Accidental exposure can happen anywhere, so it's important to be ready at all times in case anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, occurs.

Know the Signs and Symptoms of Anaphylaxis

  • A life-threatening allergic reaction can make someone feel sick in many different ways. While symptoms of an allergic reaction vary from person to person, reactions can quickly progress to become life-threatening.

  • The symptoms of anaphylaxis are unpredictable. A mild reaction to an allergen one time can be life-threatening the next.

Immediately Respond by Administering Epinephrine

  • Epinephrine’s the only first-line treatment for anaphylaxis. It could stop the most dangerous symptoms of anaphylaxis, including expanding the airways and reducing throat swelling.

  • Antihistamines do not treat the life-threatening symptoms of anaphylaxis.

  • Everyone with a known severe allergy should have two epinephrine auto-injectors readily available.

  • Failure to administer epinephrine early in the course of treatment has been associated with negative health consequences, even in, rare cases, death.

Seek emergency medical care right away.

  • After administering an epinephrine auto-injector, contact or visit your local emergency medical services right away (e.g., dial 911).

Please consult your healthcare professional about the treatment plan that's right for you.
Find out more about a first-line treatment for anaphylaxis.

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