Emergency Help For Allergic Reactions
Allergies can vary from being mild and having isolated symptoms to being severe and hf e- threatening. You should be able to identify when emergency and hospital care is needed for you or your loved ones. However, in the case of children and elderly people, all symptoms however mild should be checked by a doctor. When the allergy is serious with life-threatening possibilities, it is also known as anaphylaxis.
Common Signs And Symptoms
- Problem with regular breathing and itchiness in the
- Stomach ache and sick feeling
- Skin blemishes
- Lack of balance
- Heavy sweating
One can get immediate relief from antihistamines if it is a mild reaction. In this case, supporting lotions can also be used to relieve the skin. But it the condition Is serious and the patient starts asphyxiating, then medical help should be immediately sought and epinephrine should be administered quickly if available.
If he or she has been diagnosed with a severe allergy or anaphylaxis, emergency medicine should be on hand. The best treatment in this situation is injectable epinephrine. Also, while waiting for medical assistance to arrive, the following measures should be taken care of :
- Avoid giving the person any kind of liquids if he/she has trouble breathing.
- In case an allergic reaction occurs due to a bee sting, the use of tweezers for this should be avoided, as it might result in more venom being released in to the wound.
- If the person goes in to shock or is about to, he/she must be helped to lie flat on the floor and covered with blankets.
- It is imperative that pillows are not pushed under the person if he/she is having breathing difficulties.
In The Emergency Room
- The next step is seeking care at an emergency room (ER). Treatment includes antihistamines, steroids, epinephrine and other supportive measures.
- The doctors will keep the patient under observation for at least six hours because initially he/she might feel better, but the symptoms could recur.