Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Anaphylaxis Home Care

Anaphylaxis requires immediate care in an emergency department. Those who have severe allergies may have an epinephrine injection syringe, such as EpiPen. Give yourself an injection of epinephrine immediately for symptoms of anaphylaxis.

Following treatment in the emergency department, home care includes:

  • Avoid exposure to substances that trigger allergies.
  • Take an antihistamine:
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Anaphylaxis Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have anaphylaxis and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Nov 29, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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