At what point do I use epipen?

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My son had a peanut reaction last night. It was only hives, so we didn't use epi-pen. We didn't find out he was allergic until last year (he was 3). Before then he had a few vomiting spells and coughing fits that looking back we think were peanut reactions. A few months ago he bit a french fry, spit it out then vomited. It had been fried in peanut oil. After he vomited he seemed fine so I gave him benadryl.

1. Should I use epipen for vomiting if there are no other symptoms and afterward he seems fine?

2. Should I use epipen if there is coughing but no wheezing?

Our allergist says to use it for anything more than hives, but I don't want to use it if it isn't necessary. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

P.S. For the record, I realize now God has been looking out for us and I need to take this much more seriously. I am trying to get more information so I can better protect him. - AJS

On Jul 17, 2005

Sorry to hear about the reaction. I know, it's very scary. I haven't had the need to use the epipen myself, but if you do a search on this board using anaphylaxis as the key word, you'll find a lot of useful information.

Also, here's a thread that might help you out.

[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/005830.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/005830.html[/url]

Another great resource is [url="http://www.anaphylaxis.org"]www.anaphylaxis.org[/url]

Hope this helps! Meg

[This message has been edited by mommyofmatt (edited July 17, 2005).]

On Jul 17, 2005

Thank you!

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