This is the most dreaded condition in allergy by patients and doctors alike. It often occurs after eating allergic foods such as peanuts or after exposure to insect stings. The patient feels generalized weakness, dizziness, cold sweating, itchiness, chest tightness, and feeling of “impending doom”. The most important aspect of treatment is “quickness” in responding to this potentially life-threatening emergency. If you have experienced an episode like this, you must always prepared for another one.
- Call 911
- Self-inject Epinephrine(Epipen, Anakit, Auvi-Q)into the thigh: Please learn how to use the kit. If you do not, ask Dr. Song to demonstrate the usage for you.
- Quick acting antihistamines: Atarax and Benedryl are preferred. Zyrtec, Allegra, and Claritin can be used, but the onset of action for these medicines is slower.