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What is an anaphylaxis kit, and how do I use it?

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An anaphylaxis kit is prescribed.

They are prescription and there are a few different types. It's used for people who have allergies; it could be to a food like crab or peppers. It could be also for prescription products. It's very common sometimes in children, because of the fact that they will have such a severe allergic reaction to something that they will stop breathing.

So what it is, is, it's usually two syringes or one syringe that contains two different products that will try to help open up the airways and calm down the reaction that you are having.

They are injectable and usually the patient has to inject it into their thigh or an area of muscle, and within that time though, it gives enough time for 911 or emergency responders to get to you, to get you to the hospital so they can give you more necessary attention and anything else that they need to do.

Always check the dates on them as well, because they do expire. So you always want to make sure that you have a fresh set available. A lot of people carry one in their purse, as well as at home, just in case when they are out; traveling or at dinner, something happens, they have it readily available.

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