Our directory is intended as a resource for people with peanut and nut allergies. It contains foods, helpful products, and much more.
- What is a Peanut Allergy
- Foods to Avoid
- The Allergic Reaction
- Recognizing and Treating Anaphylaxis
- Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
- Medical ID Bracelets
- Support Groups
Peanut Free and Nut Free
Other Food Allergies
When to use Epi?
I had a reaction this weekend, and we don't know to what. I did use a seasoning packet (McCormick- called the company, no peanuts), but the rest was fresh veg. and some wine.
Anyway, I took a Benadryl before heading to the urgent care. The Dr. there was glad that I did not use my epi pen. My allergist, though, said I should have. My symptoms were itchy lips, swelling lips, had to go to the bathroom right away, dizziness, and later, a few hives. My skin was very itchy. They gave me pred, benadryl, and pepcid at the urgent care with instructions to continue for five days.
My question is, when do YOU use your epipen? I am afraid of doing it, I never have. My CAPRast for peanut was negative, so I haven't really been thinking I was very allergic. Don't even know if that is what caused the exposure this weekend.
When to use it, and once I do, am I going to feel like I am having a heart attack? I am so afraid of that thing...