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is a severe allergic reaction. If your child has had a severe allergic
reaction in the past, you know how frightening it can be. Symptoms of breathing
problems, itching, and swelling can come on quickly and become
life-threatening. Giving your child an epinephrine shot can slow down or stop
an allergic reaction. That's why it is important to have epinephrine with you at all times and to know the right way
to use it. It could save your child's life someday.
Symptoms can come back after the shot. So get your child to the emergency room right away, even if your child is feeling better.
Your child should feel the effects of the medicine almost
right away. These may include a rapid heartbeat and nervousness as well as
improved breathing. The benefits of the shot usually last 10 to 20
In some severe cases, you may need to give a second shot.
Your doctor will explain when a second shot is needed. Make sure you
understand, and ask questions if you are not sure. Too much epinephrine can
cause serious side effects, such as difficulty breathing.
Current as of:
March 12, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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