An allergic reaction is an excessive response from your immune system to a medicine, chemical, food, insect bite, or other substance. A reaction can range from mild to life-threatening. Some people have a mild rash, hives, and itching or stomach cramps. In severe reactions, swelling of your tongue and throat can close up your airway so that you cannot breathe.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Give an epinephrine shot if:
After giving an epinephrine shot call 911, even if you feel better.
Call 911 if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: June 28, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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