Using Epi Pen

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 2:33am
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My Question is lets say your father is an allergist or DR and you needed to use an Epi Pen could you avoid going to the ER if you took a Zyrtec or a Benadryl? Are there some situations where you used an epi pen and did not need a visit to the ER?

They say after using EPi Pen to call 911 or go to the ER but could your father save you a trip if he is an allergist? I don't have any allergies but some friends of mine do.

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 2:53am
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I thought the reason that you had to go to the ER for sure after using an Epi was because your heart needs to be monitored, because there's the chance of ill effects from it. Besides that reactions that are serious enough to require an Epi could turn really serious suddenly. Sure, a Dr. could possibly monitor symptoms and recognize when there's a big problem, but no one has the kind of medical equipment at home that could assist someone who stopped breathing or had a severe drop in blood pressure.

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 3:15am
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Only if the "doctor" had proper monitoring devices. I'd just feel better going to the hospital. I feel like it is not a waste to take this step to be sure that if additional care was needed, that it was available.

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 3:25am
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Having a father as a physician is not a great thing because they often treat your difficulties and there is no one looking at that big picture. You have to be seen by an uninvolved third party once in awhile.
The ER is crucial because the epi just stops that part of the reaction. What are you going to do when the peanuts start digesting? You need the ER and their emergency equipment.
Peg

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 3:31am
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Quote:Originally posted by travelplus:
[b]My Question is lets say your father is an allergist or DR and you needed to use an Epi Pen could you avoid going to the ER if you took a Zyrtec or a Benadryl? Are there some situations where you used an epi pen and did not need a visit to the ER?
They say after using EPi Pen to call 911 or go to the ER but could your father save you a trip if he is an allergist? I don't have any allergies but some friends of mine do.[/b]
Regarding the first question--there are benadryl moments (minor reactions), and there are Epi moments. If you just rely on benadryl during an Epi moment, you may pass the point of no return. If you need to use the Epi, use the Epi. Period. Forget about any hospital concerns.
My/my DS' allergist actually told us when he was in his old office, which was much closer to our house than the hospital, if we are nearby and DS has an ana reaction, call and bring him to his office. He has all the necessary equipment, medicine and thought he could do a better job monitoring DS. He also told me which of the two hospitals to go to if given a choice and they are equidistant. One just responds better and doesn't release patients too early.
His office is now in the hospital district, so I don't know what he'd recommend. Our plan is to really call 911. But I suppose if we were driving and were near his office, I'd probably call him and perhaps would go there first. But that's the only exception---I wouldn't stay home just because there's a doctor in the family. You need the backup of the monitoring equipment and other resources.

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 11:12am
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Does anyone know, if we choose to transport (rather than calling 911), does Severe Allergic Reaction/EpiPen Administered get you thru triage quickly?
One time when DS was having a severe reaction (eyes were swelled shut), the triage nurse looked at me doubtfully and said, "What makes you think he is having an allergic reaction?" That sure didn't give me a lot of confidence!
The other time, the reaction wasn't as bad, but it was early in our saga of food allergies (and our first hospital trip) and I was in tears carrying 2yo DS. They got me directly to a room that day. Guess the tears helped (or maybe it was because he was a toddler then??).

Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2007 - 7:20am
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When my son had his reaction yesterday we bypassed triage and went straight to the treatment room, the receptionist said you can't be too careful with food allergies, so had obviously been trained. This was UK though.

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