Nov 1, 2017

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Someone's having a severe allergic reaction. Dr. Troy Madsen's an emergency room physician. What should you do on a situation like that?

Dr. Madsen: So a severe allergic reaction is a very scary thing and most certainly is a life threatening thing. So first of all, recognizing a severe allergic reaction. Typically the person will have a rash, they often turn red, their lips swell up, they say they're having trouble breathing. So the number one thing you're going to want to do in that situation is call 911. You need to get help there, you need to get that person to the ER.

Number two, if they have an EpiPen, something to inject them with to treat the reaction, you want to inject that into their leg. The third thing you need to do is just try and help them focus on slow, consistent breathing, try and help them to stay calm until the ambulance gets there and gets them the help they need.

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