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Ask the allergist – November 2023


Ask the allergist is an everyday characteristic in our newsletters the place Canadian allergists reply your questions! 

Please notice: The allergists featured on this collection reply questions on basic subjects, please discuss to your physician if in case you have questions on your individual well being or the well being of your baby. 

This month Dr. Anne Ellis solutions questions on epinephrine, antihistamines, and treating anaphylaxis.

Dr. Ellis introduced a latest webinar on this subject, and beneath, we’re sharing her solutions to 2 of the questions that had been requested throughout the session. You probably have not but watched the webinar, we encourage you to take action to be taught extra on this subject.   


1. What’s the fastest-acting antihistamine? What, if something, are you able to do for an anaphylactic response if you happen to don’t have an epinephrine auto-injector? 

The manufacturers Reactine® and Rupall have the quickest onset of motion, and even faster when given as a suspension (liquid type). You’ll be able to ask your doctor for a prescription for these. You probably have anaphylaxis with no epinephrine auto-injector helpful, you will need to go to your nearest ED, or name 911 or native emergency medical companies. 

2. For those who take antihistamines for hives and inside 2 hours expertise one other physique system, does that depend as 2 physique methods? 

Technically sure, often anaphylaxis takes lower than 2 hours to onset. An epinephrine auto-injector is secure to make use of, and utilizing it ought to assist present reassurance that the right therapy has been administered. 


Watch our webinar “Treating anaphylaxis and what you should find out about Benadryl®”


Watch our video “What’s anaphylaxis?” to be taught concerning the significance of epinephrine.


Be taught extra about epinephrine from our data sheet.

Dr. Anne Ellis

Dr. Anne Ellis is a Professor of Medication and Chair of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Queen’s College, and the James H. Day Chair in Allergic Ailments and Allergy Analysis. She is the Director of the Environmental Publicity Unit and the Allergy Analysis Unit at Kingston Basic Hospital, the President of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Scientific Immunology, and likewise serves on the Joint Job for Apply Parameters which represents the American Academy of Allergy, Bronchial asthma and Immunology in addition to the American Faculty of Allergy, Bronchial asthma and Immunology. 

Please notice: Dr. Ellis is answering as a person allergist and her solutions don’t represent an official place of her affiliated organizations. Her responses are for informational functions solely and don’t represent particular medical recommendation, suggestions, prognosis, or therapy. Please discuss to your physician about any issues or questions you’ll have relating to your individual well being or the well being of your baby.  

Do you could have a meals allergy-related query you’d wish to ask an allergist within the months to return? In that case, ship it alongside to us at data@foodallergycanada.ca. 

Tags: Anaphylaxis, antihistamines, Epinephrine

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