Knowing what sets off an allergic reaction is the first step toward knowing how to avoid it. That's why you should visit your healthcare professional immediately if you think you may have experienced symptoms of anaphylaxis.
The doctor is a detective solving your allergy mystery, so give them all the clues you can to help them zero in on your allergy trigger. For example, what you felt, where you were, how long it took to happen, and how any symptoms evolved over time.
To help doctors get to the bottom of your allergy mystery, they'll often give you an allergy test. There's no specific test to predict if you are at risk for anaphylaxis, but there are tests to help them learn what your body is sensitive to and may have an allergic reaction to.
Usually done right in your doctor's office, your doctor may place a drop of allergen (kind of like a food extract) on your arm or back, then prick the skin. This lets a little bit of the allergen enter your skin. About 15 minutes later, if you're allergic to that substance, you'll have a red, swollen bump.
Blood tests help doctors find out if your body's immune system produces a high level of an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE), which is a normal part of the immune system. The body produces it to attack things that you're allergic to. People with severe allergies tend to have a lot of IgEs show up.
Blood tests can take a few days to get results back, since they're usually sent to a lab for testing.
Auvi‑Q® (epinephrine injection, USP) is used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) in people who are at risk for or have a history of these reactions.
Auvi‑Q is for immediate self (or caregiver) administration and does not take the place of emergency medical care. Seek immediate medical treatment after use. Each Auvi-Q contains a single dose of epinephrine. Auvi‑Q should only be injected into your outer thigh. DO NOT INJECT INTO BUTTOCK OR INTRAVENOUSLY. If you accidentally inject Auvi‑Q into any other part of your body, seek immediate medical treatment. Epinephrine should be used with caution if you have heart disease or are taking certain medicines that can cause heart‑related (cardiac) symptoms.
If you take certain medicines, you may develop serious life-threatening side effects from epinephrine. Be sure to tell your doctor all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. Side effects may be increased in patients with certain medical conditions, or who take certain medicines. These include asthma, allergies, depression, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
The most common side effects may include increase in heart rate, stronger or irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, paleness, dizziness, weakness or shakiness, headache, apprehension, nervousness, or anxiety. These side effects go away quickly, especially if you rest.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‑800‑FDA‑1088.
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