A food allergy is considered common among children which is why an injectable epinephrine must be on hand always. Those who are prone to severe reactions or anaphylaxis are required to bring one.
Close look on anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis a serious allergic reaction. An individual might even lose consciousness which requires emergency assistance. The usual indications of an allergic reaction include:
- Redness and itchiness
- Hives or elevated welts
- Dry mouth
- Scratchy throat
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
Remember that it is not necessary to have all the signs to be considered as an allergy. If a reaction is suspected and the individual has difficulty breathing or dizziness, it might be anaphylaxis. Call for emergency assistance right away and administer a shot of an injectable epinephrine.
How epinephrine works
Epinephrine works by stopping anaphylaxis. Take note that this severe reaction can be deadly if not promptly treated. Epinephrine works as the initial line of defense. Those who are at risk should always bring one along.
Steps on using an injector
- Remove the yellow cap from the container and slide out the EpiPen.
- Take off the gray safety cap from the end of the EpiPen.
- Hold the injector in a fist and press the black, round tip hard on the thigh. Hold the injector in place while steadily counting to 10. You can administer a shot through clothing.
- Once a shot is given, call for emergency assistance. Remember that anaphylaxis is a dangerous condition and a shot of epinephrine is a provisional fix. In some cases, a second dose might be needed.
The injectable epinephrine must be discarded properly.
Quick Note / Disclaimer
The material posted on this page on an injectable epinephrine is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to properly administer a shot, register for a first aid and CPR course with Winnipeg First Aid.