faster than doctors ever predicted. In the U.S. it is estimated that 1 in 13 children has food allergies.
The key to saving a life from a severe allergic "anaphylactic" reaction is to avoid the allergens. Unfortunately, allergic reactions could be triggered by new ingredients or foods you didn't know you were allergic to. For this reason, it is extremely important to ensure food allergic individuals of all ages self carry their epinephrine auto injectors on them at all times.
Epinephrine Injection Always call 911 and seek medical attention after injecting the epinephrine. Not because it could harm you but because epinephrine could help control anaphylaxis allergic reactions from escalating but might not be able to completely stop it. Also, symptoms could come back within minutes or hours after they seem to be disappearing.
Better safe than sorry. As many doctors and people that suffer from anaphylaxis food allergies will say: Using the epi injector if you don’t need it won’t hurt you, but not using it if you need it could really put your life at risk.
Today, having an epinephrine auto injector in every classroom is the law in most states. Food allergies are now included in the American Disability Act. All but 5 USA states have approved the self carry epinephrine law. Non of these new procedures and laws would be in place if the risk of using an Epipen was higher than NOT using it.
Please, always be prepared in case of an allergic reaction. Carry the epinephrine auto injectors ON you at all times. Not inside a bag which could be misplaced or difficult to find during an emergency, but inside an epicarrier that the can wear or attached to their bodies such as the LegBuddy or WaistPal.