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HOW DOES ADRENALINE WORK?

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ANAPHYLAXIS

27 March 2023

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How does adrenaline work for Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that requires immediate treatment!!!

Adrenaline (in items like an Epi Pen), is the most common medication used to treat anaphylaxis. It works by stimulating the body’s “fight or flight” response, which helps to counteract the effects of the allergic reaction.

When administered, adrenaline increases the heart rate and blood pressure, constricts blood vessels, and relaxes the muscles in the airways, which can help to alleviate symptoms such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, and a rapid heartbeat.

It also helps to reduce the amount of histamine and other inflammatory substances that are released during an allergic reaction, which can reduce the severity of symptoms such as hives, swelling, and itching.

Adrenaline is usually administered via an auto-injector, such as an EpiPen, which allows the medication to be quickly and easily injected into the thigh muscle. It’s important to note that adrenaline should be used as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms, and that multiple doses may be needed if symptoms persist or worsen.

It’s also important to note that adrenaline is a very powerful medication. It can cause side effects such as increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and tremors. These side effects are usually temporary and will disappear soon after the medication is administered. It’s important to seek medical attention after using adrenaline, even if the symptoms seem to improve, as the allergic reaction can reoccur.

Did you know this is how adrenaline works?

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