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Treating a Severe Allergic Reaction

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If you have symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, call 911 or other emergency services immediately.

  • If your doctor has prescribed an allergy kit, use the kit if:
    • Your symptoms are severe.
    • You have a kit immediately available.
    • You have been taught how and when to use the kit.
    • You have had a severe reaction in the past from the same type of sting, bite, food, or medicine (allergens), and similar symptoms are developing.
  • Take an antihistamine, such as Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton, to help reduce your symptoms. Read and follow any warnings on the label.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised April 29, 2011

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