If you’ve had a severe allergic reaction to something in the past, you may be advised to carry an EpiPen around with you. EpiPens are injections which contain epinephrine. They help to counteract the symptoms of a serious reaction to an allergen. If you have allergies, it’s essential to understand how to use an EpiPen correctly and to make sure that you have it with you wherever you go.
How to use an EpiPen correctly
If you’ve been advised to keep an EpiPen with you by doctors, they will explain how to use an EpiPen correctly and give you more information about what it does and how it works. EpiPens can help to prevent severe symptoms caused by an allergic reaction, which results in anaphylaxis. If you do have a serious allergy, it’s wise to make sure that your family and close friends know where you keep your EpiPen and how to use it just in case you do start to experience symptoms of a reaction. It is vitally important that an EpiPen is used only when needed.
It’s a good idea to practise using your EpiPen using trainers. These are test models, which enable you to get used to the technique used. They can also be helpful for teachers, carers or family members who may happen to be with you when you come into contact with an allergen. If you need your EpiPen, remove the safety cap and press the point against your thigh; the needle is inserted into the thigh muscle. Push the auto-ejector and this will release the needle. Hold the injection in place for a few seconds, and then remove the auto-injector and place it back into the packaging tube.
Travelling with allergies
If you have a severe allergy, make sure you have your EpiPen in your first aid kit and notify airlines, hotels and any other relevant organisations about your allergy. The last thing you want to worry about is holiday accidents and missing out on a well-earned break. It’s a good idea to wear a bracelet or band with details of your allergy and to clarify information before you order in a restaurant or eat something that is provided on a trip, for example. If you have any doubts at all, it’s best to err on the side of caution.
If you’ve been injured on holiday or you suffered an allergic reaction after dining out, you may be able to claim compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline for more information about claiming no-win, no-fee* compensation now on 0800 689 500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice