People who are at high risk of severe allergic reactions may be prescribed an adrenaline preloaded autoinjector pen. The best known one is called the Epipen. Hopefully you will never have to use one of these, because with care you might be able to prevent yourself from having a reaction. On the other hand, if you do have a bad reaction, then an adrenaline autoinjector (eg Epipen) can be life saving so it is important to have it available, and know when to use it, and know how to use it.
There are many cases of people having severe reactions and not using their adrenaline pens even though they had one, which could potentially end in tragedy. If you are ever in doubt about how to use your adrenaline autoinjector, look at our quiz and videos to refresh yourself, or contact your local allergy service to arrange training.
- What foods do you avoid (for food allergy)?
- How strict are you?
- What signs and symptoms do you look for?
- When would you use Piriton?
- How much would you use?
- If things settled, what would you do next?
- If things didn’t settle what would you do next?
- Where is Epipen?
- When would you use Epipen?
- How do you hold it?
- Where would you inject it?
- How do you prepare pen?
- When might you have to remove trousers?
- How long do you have to hold it in place?
- What would you do next?