Mythbuster: Someone who has been treated with an epinephrine auto-injector doesn’t necessarily need to go to the hospital

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Food-Allergy-Canada

FACT: Someone who has been treated with an epinephrine auto-injector (e.g. EpiPen®, AUVI-Q®) should go to the hospital. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening condition which is treated by a medication called epinephrine.

Epinephrine is a short acting medication that can counteract some of the issues that arise including airway closure and decreased blood flow to the heart and brain. When someone is having a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, epinephrine is used to help start treatment prior to going to the hospital.

There are also important “co-factors,” such as alcohol, exercise and certain medications, that can influence the severity of food allergic reactions by lowering the threshold for a reaction in some people.

Bottom line: Sometimes more help is needed than just using epinephrine, which is why it’s necessary to go to the hospital. Help us educate your communities and share this Mythbuster with them! Stay tuned for more Mythbusters to come.

Medical content reviewed by: Dr. Zainab Abdurrahman, MD, MMath, FRCPC, and Dr. Julia Upton, MD, FRCP(C) Clinical Immunology and Allergy

Check out our blog for other myths about:

  • Some allergies are more “severe” than others
  • Eating a little allergen will increase tolerance and cure allergy
  • Age requirement for allergy testing
  • Cooking at high temperatures kills allergen proteins
  • “May contain” allergen labelling is mandatory
  • Results of skin prick tests indicate severity of allergy
  • Pesticides and other chemicals can trigger allergies
  • Epinephrine auto-injectors cure food allergy
  • Which allergens cause life-threatening reactions
  • Using Benadryl
  • Food allergy “cures”
  • Celiac disease is the same as a wheat allergy

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Quelle: Food Allergy Canada
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