Patient Education

  • Common signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis 
    • Skin: Flushing, feeling of warmth, piloerection, urticaria
    • Respiratory: Sneezing, coughing, itching, wheezing, stridor, dyspnea, rhinorrhea, cyanosis
    • Oral: Pruritus of lips and face and tongue, lip or uvula swelling
    • GI: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping
    • CV: Syncope, dizziness, presyncope, chest pain, palpitations, tachy/bradycardia, arrhythmias, hypotension, cardiac arrest
    • Neurologic: Anxiety, sense of impending doom, seizures, headache
  • Common Triggers
    • Peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, stinging insects, latex, contrast, penicillin’s, dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, some biting insects
  • Call 911 immediately at the first sign of symptoms
  • When and how to administer epinephrine & proper storage of the device
  • The pharmacist may provide a certificate to a person who completes anaphylactic shock education who is not a patient or caregiver/guardian/custodian of a patient who wants to be able to administer epinephrine in an emergency situation.

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