Treating a Severe Allergic Reaction

Treating a Severe Allergic Reaction

Topic Overview

If you have symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, call 911 or other emergency services immediately.

  • If your doctor has prescribed an allergy kit , use the kit if:
    • Your symptoms are severe.
    • You have a kit immediately available.
    • You have been taught how and when to use the kit.
    • You have had a severe reaction in the past from the same type of sting, bite, food, or medicine ( allergens ), and similar symptoms are developing.
  • Take an antihistamine, such as Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton, to help reduce your symptoms. Read and follow any warnings on the label.

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Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last RevisedApril 8, 2013

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