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Antihistamines Will Not Stop Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction. You cannot rely on over-the-counter antihistamines like Benadryl to treat anaphylaxis. The first line of treatment for a severe allergic reaction is epinephrine.

Epinephrine is safe and comes in an easy-to-use device called an auto-injector. When you press it against your child’s outer thigh, it injects a single dose of medicine.

Always have two epinephrine auto-injectors near your child. Do not store epinephrine in your car or other places where it will get too hot or too cold. Discard if the liquid is not clear, and replace it when it expires.

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