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Getting Care During and After Allergic Reaction

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What was that? Was that a bee? It just bit me!! I’m allergic. What do I do?

What would you do? Well, if you know you have an allergy to bees, then you have been bit before! The symptoms of an allergic reaction can be mild to severe. Starting with the most severe:

“ANAPHYLACTIC” reaction. This is a biggie! The most common causes of anaphylaxis are food, medications, chemicals, insects, or latex.  There are more, but these are the most common.  Symptoms of anaphylaxis are: shortness of breath, voice changing, making a “wheezing” sound from the lungs or throat, tongue swelling, itchy throat, vomiting, a feeling of losing consciousness, or swelling of the hands and/or face.

Remedies: If you see someone or you are experiencing these symptoms, please dial 911. You will be taken to an emergency room for emergency care, which would include reversing the symptoms with medications administered through a nebulizer, a shot, or an IV).  If you have had these symptoms before, you usually will carry an EpiPen with you. This is a lifesaving medication! An EpiPen is a pen that carries the medication Epinephrine in it. This is for people who have had an anaphylactic reaction before. I am sure you know someone who has one or carries an EpiPen.

Moderate cases

This form of allergic reaction would include developing hives which are red, raised, itchy patches throughout the skin that spread rapidly. Other possible symptoms include itching on the body, watery eyes, or runny nose.

Remedies: Wash the area with cool water. In addition, if available, take an oral antihistamine (such as Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec or Allegra). Depending on how you are feeling, you could be seen at Adair County Clinic or Urgent Care if you begin to worry about these symptoms.

Mild reaction

This form of allergic reaction is usually localized to a specific area, which can cause redness and itching to that area.

Remedies: Immediately wash the area with soap and cool water. You can apply a cool wash cloth to the area. You could also apply some Benadryl cream or anti itch cream to the area. Instead of using Benadryl cream, you could take an oral antihistamine such as Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec or Allegra.  Try to avoid scratching the affected area.

This can usually be taken care of at home or if you feel you need to be seen by a Medical Professional, you could be seen at Adair County Clinic or Urgent Care.

It is important to note, that sometimes a reaction can occur even after an initial contact with the allergen.  If you have had an anaphylactic reaction in the past, your chances of having another one is increased.

– Mikal Rasmussen ARNP, Adair County Health System

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