If you have used an epinephrine shot to treat an allergic reaction or have been accidentally stuck with an epinephrine shot, call your doctor. You may need more medical care. An accidental stick in the hands or feet may stop blood flow to these areas.
Keeping everything you need together in one place (allergy kit) can help you deal with a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
Your allergy kit should contain:
Be aware that:
Always keep an allergy kit with you. And it's best to keep extra kits in several different places, such as at home and at work. Don't leave epinephrine in cars or bags that may be left where the temperature gets too hot or too cold.
Epinephrine usually comes as a preloaded, automatic, self-injecting syringe, such as an epinephrine shot. To be safe, carry two self-injecting syringes.
Epinephrine also comes in doses for children. Children who are at risk of severe allergic reactions should keep kits at school or daycare as well as at home.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine|
|Last Revised||June 22, 2011|
Last Revised: April 22, 2012
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