Why is Epinephrine Used in Treating Allergy?

Q: 

I’m allergic to a lot of things, I’ve got runny nose all the time, and my eyes are red and watery 300 days of 365. My friend Cindy said that my allergy is serious and she heard that doctors treat allergy with Epinephrine, I’ve seen doctors use Epinephrine on those who are dying in drama. Should I be treated with Epinephrine?

 

A:

Of course not, and don’t even worry about it.

Epinephrine shots are used to treat anaphylaxis, a sudden, life-threatening reaction. It’s not for allergy symptoms like runny nose or watery eyes. If you have allergy symptoms in most days of a year, you need to visit your doctor. Your doctor will find a way to understand what triggers your symptoms, and give you medication to make you feel much more comfortable.

Epinephrine is administered with a self-injecting syringe and needle device (autoinjector). You might need to carry two autoinjectors and wear an alert bracelet if you’re likely to have a severe allergic reaction to a certain food, such as peanuts, or if you’re allergic to bee or wasp venom.

A second injection is often needed. Therefore, it’s important to call 911 or get immediate emergency medical care.
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