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What should I do if someone is having an allergic reaction?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
If you see someone having an allergic reaction:

  •  Do not pick up animals that can bite or sting.
  •  Do not rub or squeeze irritated area.
  •  Do not apply a tourniquet.
  •  Do not squeeze out a stinger.
  •  Do not harass or tease any animals.
  •  Do not elevate body part that has been bitten or stung.
  •  Do not stop person from taking own medication for allergic reaction.
  •  Do not give the victim anything by mouth other than their allergy medication.
  •  Do not make a victim vomit after eating food that he or she is allergic to.
  •  If reaction is severe, get medical help immediately.
  •  Identify the allergen.
  •  Help the victim administer own medication for allergic reaction.
  •  Monitor for responsiveness and breathing.
  •  Monitor and treat for shock if present.
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