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The epinephrine auto-injector; is not difficult to use but there are some things you should keep in mind. (Note that the Ana-Kit is no longer on the market.) Here are some tips that could help you save a life.

People are sometimes afraid to use the auto-injector on themselves or on their children / students. Please note that the discomfort is minimal and short-lived. A small trade-off for saving a life!

13 Must-Know Tips
  1. ALWAYS carry epinephrine.

  2. Know the signs & symptoms.

  3. Know how to give the epinephrine auto-injector.

  4. Call 911. Tell the dispatcher that someone is having a life-threatening allergic reaction. Ask for an ambulance to be sent immediately.

  5. Go the nearest hospital, even if symptoms are mild or have stopped. Stay in the hospital setting for 4 - 6 hours. The reaction could come back.

  6. Properly discard the used device to minimize any chance of injury.

  7. Practice with the epinephrine auto-injector Trainer and teach caregivers, friends, family members, and teachers how to use it.

  8. Know the basics behind purchasing an epinephrine auto-injector.

  9. Replace the epinephrine auto-injector before the expiry date.

  10. Protect the device from damage.

  11. Keep your epinephrine auto-injector in a safe place.

  12. Consult with your physician about when to switch to the epinephrine auto-injector.

  13. When planning a trip, contact your carrier about its policy on carrying an epinephrine auto-injector.


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I Enjoy a Great Life
To look at me, I am a perfectly normal kid. I enjoy rock climbing, horseback riding and I play the drums, but I suffer from anaphylaxis.

This is a life-threatening allergic reaction. In my case it is an allergy to nuts, seeds and coconut.

I'd like everybody who reads this to take allergies seriously. Any kid who has trouble coping should just remember that we're all special and that my allergies don't stop me from participating and enjoying life.
What is Anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis (anna - fill -axis) is a serious allergic reaction. It can be life-threatening. Food is the most common cause of anaphylaxis, but insect stings, medicine, latex, or exercise can also cause a reaction. The commonest food allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, seafood, egg and milk products.