Your Spring Allergy Survival Guide

May 2, 2018 | News

Now that the sun is staying out longer and a warm breeze is in the air, spring allergy triggers are flaring up. When temperatures rise, the fun activities begin! The start of barbecue season. Flowers and trees begin to bloom. Outdoor sports kick off. There are many ways outdoor activities can trigger a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis during Spring. Here are some tips while getting back outside.

Be Cautious Around Plants

Getting lost in the beauty of nature can be one of the best parts of Spring. Whether it’s an early morning walk, an afternoon hike, or a family picnic, it’s easy to find a reason to go outside after being cooped up all winter. Be careful though, because getting too close to plants can cause someone’s severe allergy symptoms to flare up.

What is the most important information I should know about epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector?

Serious allergies means having severe allergic reactions to certain triggers, which can include specific plant life, insects, and the foods you eat. A potentially life-threatening allergic reaction is also called anaphylaxis. At the first sign of anaphylaxis, epinephrine is the recommended first step in treating it, followed by immediate medical attention. Being prepared for a severe allergic reaction starts with having access to an epinephrine auto-injector.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis, including reactions due to plant life:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Hives
  • Skin rash, redness, or swelling
  • Feeling very anxious
  • Losing control of urine or bowel movements
  • Wheezing
  • Severe itching
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Confusion
  • Diarrhea or stomach cramps
  • Hoarseness
  • Swelling of face, lips, mouth, or tongue
  • Weak pulse
  • Stomach pain
  • Dizziness, fainting, or “passing out”

Your Spring Allergy Survival Guide

May 2, 2018 | News

What is the most important information I should know about epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector?

Serious allergies means having severe allergic reactions to certain triggers, which can include specific plant life, insects, and the foods you eat. A potentially life-threatening allergic reaction is also called anaphylaxis. At the first sign of anaphylaxis, epinephrine is the recommended first step in treating it, followed by immediate medical attention. Being prepared for a severe allergic reaction starts with having access to an epinephrine auto-injector.

Now that the sun is staying out longer and a warm breeze is in the air, spring allergy triggers are flaring up. When temperatures rise, the fun activities begin! The start of barbecue season. Flowers and trees begin to bloom. Outdoor sports kick off. There are many ways outdoor activities can trigger a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis during Spring. Here are some tips while getting back outside.

Be Cautious Around Plants

Getting lost in the beauty of nature can be one of the best parts of Spring. Whether it’s an early morning walk, an afternoon hike, or a family picnic, it’s easy to find a reason to go outside after being cooped up all winter. Be careful though, because getting too close to plants can cause someone’s severe allergy symptoms to flare up.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis, including reactions due to plant life:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Hives
  • Skin rash, redness, or swelling
  • Feeling very anxious
  • Losing control of urine or bowel movements
  • Wheezing
  • Severe itching
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Confusion
  • Diarrhea or stomach cramps
  • Hoarseness
  • Swelling of face, lips, mouth, or tongue
  • Weak pulse
  • Stomach pain
  • Dizziness, fainting, or “passing out”
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Planning an outdoor adventure? Make sure to pack multiple epinephrine auto-injectors. You may need a second dose if symptoms continue or recur.

Stay Away from Insects

If you or a family member has a severe allergy to insect bites or stings, Springtime can present an extra set of challenges. When a person with severe allergies is stung or bitten by a bee or wasp, their immune system overreacts to chemicals in the insect’s venom, and a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction can occur.

Be careful when leaving opened beverages unattended for too long outside and always check for insects in drink cups and straws. If an insect comes near you, stay calm and quiet. Move slowly and back away without any quick movements. Being aggressive with insects and bugs will only attract them. Try to avoid wearing scented body sprays or flowered clothing, as they can attract insects as well.

Common stinging and biting insects that can cause severe allergic reactions include:

  • Bees
  • Wasps
  • Hornets
  • Yellow Jackets
  • Fire ants
  • Mosquitoes

Stay Away from Insects

If you or a family member has a severe allergy to insect bites or stings, Springtime can present an extra set of challenges. When a person with severe allergies is stung or bitten by a bee or wasp, their immune system overreacts to chemicals in the insect’s venom, and a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction can occur.

Be careful when leaving opened beverages unattended for too long outside and always check for insects in drink cups and straws. If an insect comes near you, stay calm and quiet. Move slowly and back away without any quick movements. Being aggressive with insects and bugs will only attract them. Try to avoid wearing scented body sprays or flowered clothing, as they can attract insects as well.

Common stinging and biting insects that can cause severe allergic reactions include:

  • Bees
  • Wasps
  • Hornets
  • Yellow Jackets
  • Fire ants
  • Mosquitoes
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Have you practiced using your epinephrine auto-injector? Before going out for the day, consider reviewing proper use with you and your loved one.

Carefully Consider the Foods You Eat

While fresh vegetables are in season and holiday dinners coming up, people with severe food allergies always need to be mindful of what they are eating at all times. Here are a few things to remember while exploring your dining options this Spring.

Always Check the Food—Always check food labels for ingredients. Manufacturers often change their product ingredients, so read the ingredient label every time you purchase food.

Communicate your food allergies to restaurant management—Make sure to talk to the wait staff or manager of the restaurant you’ll be visiting about the food allergies you have. Consider asking the restaurant to make a note of your allergies when making a reservation and remind the waiter or waitress and check when your food arrives. You can never be too careful.

Spring is a great time to be active and get outside with your family and friends! Always be prepared on your travels, or when dining out, with an epinephrine auto-injector by your side.

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Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector?


  1. Epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector contains epinephrine, a medicine used to treat allergic emergencies (anaphylaxis). Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening, can happen within minutes, and can be caused by stinging and biting insects, allergy injections, foods, medicines, exercise or other unknown causes. Symptoms of an anaphylaxis may include:
    • trouble breathing
    • wheezing
    • hoarseness (changes in the way your voice sounds)
    • hives (raised reddened rash that may itch)
    • severe itching
    • swelling of your face, lips, mouth, or tongue
    • skin rash, redness, or swelling
    • fast heartbeat
    • weak pulse
    • feeling very anxious
    • confusion
    • stomach pain
    • losing control of urine or bowel movements (incontinence)
    • diarrhea or stomach cramps
    • dizziness, fainting, or “passing out” (unconsciousness).
  2. Always carry your epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector with you because you may not know when anaphylaxis may happen. Talk to your healthcare provider if you need additional units to keep at work, school, or other locations. Tell your family members, caregivers, and others where you keep your epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector and how to use it before you need it. You may be unable to speak in an allergic emergency.
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