It's a quick pinch that could save your life. With the kids back in school, doctors are again reminding you that EpiPens can be a lifesaver.
If your child has allergies, such as food or bee allergies, it's important to make sure they know what to do in the case of a severe reaction.
Wisconsin is a state that allows students to carry EpiPens with them in school as long as they have the proper consent.
EpiPens allow you to administer epinephrine quickly and safely which can delay a bad reaction. You simply remove the cap of the pen and stick the device in your thigh. It's important that after the EpiPen is used that you call 911 because the pen is only temporary help.
"There are other treatments that can be added to the EpiPen like antihistamines and corticosteroids," says Dr. Bart Hobson, an urgent care physician at Marshfield Clinic. "But I recommend people be evaluated by someone if they feel they had a bad enough reaction they had to use the pen."
How do you know if you're having an allergic reaction? Hobson says if swelling goes past two big joints, like the wrist and elbow, that's an allergic reaction.
Throat swelling and hives are two other severe reactions you might see.
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