Living with severe allergies can be a lot easier when your friends and family are
informed and ready to help.
That's why they need to know the basics:
Once you know the potential triggers of reactions, you'll want to get them out of your home. Why do it alone? Have your family help you find the allergens that may already be on shelves. They'll see firsthand what needs to be avoided.
Some people have reported facing skepticism from friends and family members after being diagnosed with severe allergies. One thing that may help prevent that is to have your doctor or allergist explain the seriousness of it to the whole family.
Here are 8 common allergens. Print this and cut out the allergens that need to be avoided, then post it on your fridge or around the house so it can help your family remember. Print a Copy to Put Up
Give Them Your Card
Not your business card, but your allergy ID card. It will let them know allergies aren't just foods, but things like latex and bee stings.
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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