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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:35 am 
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One in 16, or about 6%, of Americans interviewed in a well-designed telephone survey reported having had symptoms consistent with an anaphylactic reaction at some point, a researcher said here.

Among 1,000 randomly dialed individuals who completed the survey, 64 described reactions to something -- food, drug, or insect sting -- in terms that were very likely to be genuine anaphylaxis, said Robert Wood, MD, of Johns Hopkins University.

Because of the limitations in this type of survey, such as recall bias, "there's no way you can hang your hat [on the findings] and say, 'This is the answer,' but I think this is a really good estimate,"


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However, Wood reported, only 36% said they went to the hospital and felt their lives were in danger -- indicating that some stayed home despite fearing death.


http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCove ... ting/31490

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:07 pm 
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However, Wood reported, only 36% said they went to the hospital and felt their lives were in danger -- indicating that some stayed home despite fearing death.

Yikes! Clearly more needs to be done to educate those with this condition!

I read this article on line today and again, epipen was not given first
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The student went to the nurse’s office, and there the plan his family and doctor have put in place was followed. He was given Benadryl and, when that did not stop the reaction, he asked that his epi-pen be used. The plan states that whenever the epi-pen is used, he needs to go to the hospital, his grandmother said. He was “completely red, head to toe” when he was brought to the hospital, his grandmother said.
http://www.brookingsregister.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&page=76&story_id=14042
...I understand that people have various comfort levels regarding balancing risks vs. quality of life. However, the Canadian Society of Clinical Immunologists, Anaphylaxis Canada, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network all recommend
Epinephrine is the first line medication that should be used for the emergency management of a person having a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

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