EPI Pen Alternative?

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   Posted 4/19/2010 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I had a mild allergic reaction to some industrial strength dust at my job and it was almost an emergency because I work on wind turbines 300 feet in the air. At the local clinic they gave me something that eased my breathing and opened up my lungs. I asked them what would happen if I had a real bad allergic reaction and the person who gave me the breathing treatment said that I might need an EPI pen and that I should see my doctor. I read online that an EPI pen was bad for people with heart conditions and I suffer from hypertension. I am very concerned about this because out in the field we are pretty far away from the nearest clinic and I think that I need something that is portable should this ever happen again. Also, I don't know what specific dust caused my reaction, but I think it might be the carbon dust from break pads on the turbine. We are always careful when working around the dust but I do not want to be caught in this situation ever again, I just take my health much more seriously after having has some back problems a few years back. I guess what I am asking is if there is anything else I could take in place of an EPI Pen when I go out into the field because you never really know what could happen 300 feet in the air working in wind energy jobs.

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   Posted 4/19/2010 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I think you should ask your doctor about this. A severe allergic reaction is nothing to mess with but then again neither is your heart. The only thing that might help is Benedryl but I doubt that would help in emergency situations and daily Benedryl is probably not much help in your situation since it can make you extremely groggy (which I'm sure would not be safe at your job! lol)
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   Posted 4/19/2010 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, your thoughts about Benadryl are the same as mine. I get tired enough just climbing up the tower to get to work. It is a good thing that we all have to get strapped in with the safety harnesses and everything to keep us from falling. Thanks for the advice and I will be making an appointment first thing in the morning to get this all figured out.

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   Posted 4/20/2010 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
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