If you have a food allergy then removing the allergen from your lifestyle is the best treatment. If you do eat a food you are allergic to, medicines can help. You may be able to stop a mild reaction by taking antihistamines. You may need prescription medicines if over-the-counter drugs do not help or if they cause side effects.
If you have severe food allergies, your doctor will prescribe epinephrine or an epi-pen. An epinephrine shot can slow down or stop an allergic reaction. It may be hard to give yourself a shot but your doctor will help you learn how to do it.
You can still have symptoms even after you have given yourself the shot. Then you need to go to the emergency room every time you have a severe reaction. The doctors will want to watch you for a couple of hours to make sure the reaction does not start again.
If you have had a serious reaction in the past, your chance of having another one is high. Be prepared.
- Keep an epi-pen with you at all times.
- Wear a medical bracelet to let others know you have a food allergy.
- Check the expiration dates on the medicines.