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Re: Ask a leader health questions here

Postby helicopilot » Sat Mar 05, 2016 2:44 pm

Hello Sylvie,

I'm not aware of any herbal substitute for Epi. Application of a cool compress and a paste made of baking soda/water will help getting relief at the injection site but does nothing for the anaphylactic reaction.

I wouldn't hesitate to use an expired Epipen with the following caveats:

1) liquid is clear and has no visible sediments (no idea how long it remains in its condition after expiry) and
2) expired meds may not be as potent as fresh ones so another dose may be required

Though not as ideal as Epi, in a dire situation you may be able to handle the situation with Benadryl. Chew the tablet for faster absorption.

Probably the most important thing for you will be prevention. Be aware of where stinging insects can be located and avoid the areas. Avoid leaving sweet items outdoor and keep garbage cans closed. Avoid planting flowers that attract bees. Some people are lucky and can go their whole life without being stung once, strive to be such a person.
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Re: Ask a leader health questions here

Postby Sylvie2674 » Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:27 pm

Thank you helicopilot.

I am always very aware of my surroundings, even when deep wood's camping. I also always make sure to have Benadryl and reactine with me. I did not know I could chew them for faster acting absorption. That is really good to know.

I checked on my old Epipen and it looks fine.
Thank you very much for your imput.
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Re: Ask a leader health questions here

Postby helicopilot » Sun Mar 06, 2016 4:38 am

Most tablets can be chewed for faster absorbtion like Gravol when nauseated or Tylenol for a headache. Most taste real awful though...

That's why people in suspected heart attack situations are told to chew an Aspirin (hopefully they have the flavored "kid" ones). Aspirin is know. To be a clot thinner and by chewing it, it considerably hasten the process.
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