Allergies can catch you off guard; triggered by a visit to the buffet table or being stung by an insect when you’re out at a sporting event. Anyone who suffers from allergies knows that an attack can escalate from uncomfortable to severe in a short period of time.
To be prepared for a reaction at all times create an Emergency Allergy Kit which you keep with you at all times. Here is what you need to have in there.
Fast-acting inhaler medications control inflammation in the airways and are ideal if you suffer from asthma symptoms. For a mild attack, a couple puffs will quickly relax the muscles that have tightened around your airways. Inhalers or bronchodilators are available only by prescription so speak to your doctor to diagnose the exact nature of your reaction.
If stuffiness and congestion are your biggest problems, include decongestants. Nasal tissues usually swell during an allergic reaction, and decongestants can help. They’re available over the counter as pills and may come with an antihistamine.
If you’re at risk for a severe reaction which may include swelling of the airways, difficulty breathing, and a significant drop in blood pressure life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), your kit should have injectable epinephrine. This powerful drug can stop or curb dangerous reactions to foods, medications, or insect stings. Fast relief is vital because severe reactions can be life-threatening if they’re not treated right away.
People with life-threatening allergies should wear a medical alert bracelet. If you have milder allergies, you can store your medical information on your CenHealth emergency profile which can be accessed from any smartphone or tablet. Keep your information up to date with your type of allergy, doctor’s name and phone number, emergency contact information, and medical aid information.
Are you or someone having an allergic reaction? Here are some Common symptoms
- Closing of the airways
- Skin redness
- Fast heartbeat
- Weak pulse
- Stomach pain
- Losing control of urine or bowel movements
- Loss of consciousness
Have you listed your allergies and their symptoms in your CenHealth Emergency profile? Its free to start. Sign up today.