What to do in case of anaphylactic reaction?

If you happen to have an allergy, you’ve probably heard about the anaphylactic reaction. It’s something like a cross between spinning around too many times and getting food poisoning from that shady hot dog stand down the street.

An anaphylactic reaction is where your body goes into overdrive trying to fight off a perceived threat: it could be bees or peanuts or dust mites—the possibilities are endless, really.
So here’s what you need to do if this happens.

Don’t Panic

First things first: take a deep breath and sit down (if possible). An anaphylactic reaction can be scary stuff—but freaking out won’t help matters at all (trust me).

Recognize The Symptoms

Your safety hinges on successful symptom recognition—you know so those pesky little known symptoms that people generally tend not to recognize but we won’t pretend as if they don’t exist (they’re kinda like unicorns 🦄- hardly heard of)

Some common symptoms are:
– Swelling (duh!)
– Hives (looks like you got slapped by spiders)
– Vomiting (all that hard work going straight down the drain—everyone cries)

Emergency Symptoms Include:

These include—you better brace up! 💪🏽💪🏽:

Symptom Types List
Difficulty breathing 1️⃣
Rapid pulse 2️⃣
Loss of consciousness 3️⃣

Are these familiar? Ah yes! If any of these emerge upon noticing reactions, trust me…you better call for emergency treatment ASAP!

Administer Epinephrine…

Epinephrine (also called adrenaline) comes in little self-injector like devices—EpiPens these days—and it’s a total game changer when it comes to anaphylactic reactions. If you have an EpiPen, use it! (No one wants to be the hero who died because they were being too macho for their own good).

One thing though- time is of essence here so as much as you could pretend otherwise, try not to procrastinate; go ahead and JAB yourself in the leg, baby 👊🏽

Note: For any other medication or allergy related queries talk to your doctor first before making choices on your own.

…Then Call 911!

Even if things seem better after taking your epinephrine shot—it is better that medical professionals are notified ASAP incase of further complications.

Some symptoms (like a rapid heart beat) may worsen over time even after administering initial action/steps (including using prescribed med).
So hey look—the worst they can do is tell you not everything makes for an emergency case (borrow some confidence from Richard Branson why don’t ya?)

More Tips

If everything else has failed or if there isn’t anything nearby at hand either:

1️⃣ Stay Calm

2️⃣ Signal people around somehow — what with all phone sensors nowadays…throw it towards someone (‘Just kidding!’, please refrain from doing this 🙂)

3️⃣ Try Purging- Just in case Allergy was caused by something recently taken-in orally,

4️⃣ Create room for more air ☁☁ Move outside away from enclosed spaces (well, I know what crossed my mind but NO—you’re simply staying safe)

5️⃣ Prioritize Yourself—don’t hesitate to call friends/family/doctors up; keep them posted on whats happening…

Summary

Anaphylactic Reactions linger largely where allergies are involved, and symptoms could range from the mild-sounding (swelling) to downright scary sounding (Loss of consciousness) but taking quick action can save lives.

So hey—stay as calm as you possibly can and make use of all the resources at your disposal. With minimal effort and a bit of common sense, anyone can manage anaphylactic reactions like a pro!

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