When Is an EpiPen® Needed For Allergic Reactions?

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It may be scary at first when you have to use an EpiPen during an allergic episode, but it can save a person’s life. An EpiPen is an epinephrine injector that can treat severe allergic reactions. When injected, the medicine will constrict the body’s blood vessels, increasing blood pressure and reducing any swelling. This helps the muscles near the airways relax, allowing the lungs to open. The patient will be capable of breathing, plus it will stop the release of further allergic chemicals, thus keeping the severe allergic response from being as intense.

Dr. Jeff Semel and the expert team at Atlanta Medical Institute in Atlanta, GA want you to recognize the signs of an allergic reaction and when to use the EpiPen. Whether it is for someone else or yourself, you need to be ready for what could happen during an episode. Here are a few signs for when you need to use an EpiPen:

How to tell if you have allergic reactions in your mouth or throat

An EpiPen may be necessary in Atlanta, GA when:

  • The mouth starts swelling
  • The mouth develops a metallic taste
  • The lips and tongue are itching
  • The throat starts to swell
  • • A person is having difficulty swallowing anything

How to tell if you have allergic reactions on the skin

You can also use an EpiPen when you notice these issues around the skin:

  • Swelling, especially near the eyes
  • Redness
  • Paleness
  • Hives

Swelling and hives are the most common signs of an allergic reaction that requires an EpiPen, although the intensity will vary by person.

How to tell if an allergic reaction is affecting your breathing

Breathing concerns are among the most common situations where an EpiPen is necessary. The patient may have difficulty breathing and could also develop a persistent cough that will not go away.

How to tell if an allergic reaction is affecting your heart

An EpiPen is also needed if the patient starts experiencing heart issues. Some of the concerns you should look for include:

  • Elevated heart rate
  • Hypotension or low blood pressure; this concern includes the blood pressure dropping fast in a short time
  • Chest pains
  • Irregular heartbeat

Some other signs you may be suffering from an allergic reaction

Another sign you or someone else near you is suffering from an allergic reaction is if you notice a general feeling of weakness and feel like you are going faint. Sometimes, the feelings a person may have before collapsing or fainting is an overwhelming sense of anxiety.

What if you don’t actually have a reaction?

Sometimes, the situation may not require an EpiPen. The body will experience a few effects of accidental injection, like tingling, swelling, and an elevated heart rate. These effects are often minimal, but they could still be significant depending on who receives the treatment.

Where can I find more information on the EpiPen and allergic reactions in Atlanta, GA?

Be sure you know what to watch for when determining if you need to use an EpiPen on someone dealing with an allergic reaction. You can contact Dr. Jeff Semel and the rest of the team at Atlanta Medical Institute in Atlanta, GA if you have further questions on using an EpiPen and how to care for a person having a severe episode. We also offer a wide variety of allergy testing to find out exactly what and how your body reacts to anything that may cause a reaction.

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