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Allergies, Anaphylaxis and Anaphylactic Shock

Allergies can kill. Millions of Americans are allergic to medicines, foods, insects or other substances. Those allergies can lead to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction. Learn to recognize and respond to severe allergies.
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What You Need to Know About EpiPen use
EpiPen is an automatic injector of epinephrine used for emergency treatment of anaphylaxis. Using the EpiPen is only partially about how to administer it; It's also important to check the expiration date and properly discard it when you are finished.

How to Use an EpiPen
Epinephrine stops anaphylaxis very nicely. Anaphylaxis can be fatal if not treated quickly and properly, and epinephrine is the first line of defense. Many patients of anaphylaxis carry automatic injectors of epinephrine -- the most common brand is an EpiPen -- in case of an anaphylactic reaction.

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How can I tell if someone is in anaphylactic shock?
Anaphylactic shock symptoms depend on the type of reaction. Recognizing anaphylactic shock symptoms may mean the difference between life and death, especially if there is no allergen identified.

Recognizing and Responding to Anaphylaxis
Recognize and respond quickly to anaphylaxis, a severe life-threatening allergic reaction.

Allergy Medications
When picking medications for first aid kits and medicine cabinets, it's important to get the right kinds of drugs and avoid extras. Learn about pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, and other classes of medications.

Allergy Treatments for Kids
Get tools for addressing your child's allergy problems.

All About Allergies at About.com
Learn more about allergies and allergic reactions.

Delayed Food Allergy Symptom Screening Quiz
Screening quiz to see if you have symptoms of delayed food allergies.

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