My daughter - more allergy meds and NOW an Epi pen!

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Red_34
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   Posted 11/10/2010 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I took my 15 year old daughter to the ENT today and he sort of scared me! My daughter had a severe allergic reaction to Bactrim about 2 weeks ago. Severe hives from head to toe. At first I didn't know if it was from the ketchup she ate or the pizza or the antibiotic (she's allergic to everything in the environment including mold which is in ketchup and pizza sauce). The ENT thought because she has an allergic reaction to shell fish that the Bactrim (which may contain iodine) is probably the culprit of her hives. And because she had such a bad reaction, he told us that it could open the door to possible anaphylactic reactions which is why we now have an Epi pen for her. She is to carry it everywhere with her. I guess I am going to have to drill it in her head to have it with her at all times because she can be a bit flaky.

He also put her on Zyrtec and Omnaris nasal spray in addition to her bi-weekly allergy injections. Has anyone here tried Omnaris? I guess it's a fairly new nasal spray for allergies.
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   Posted 11/10/2010 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Only what I've seen in comercials.
Joy

percycat
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   Posted 11/11/2010 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I can sympathize with being scared by the allergist. They just don't seem to get that a prescription for an Epi-pen is frightening. Instead, they just hand out the piece of paper, as if it were any other prescription, without much concern for the fears it raises.

It is interesting that he thought the possible iodine was a culprit. I'm allergic to Bactrim, but fortunately had no problems with radio-contrast dye, which definitely contains iodine.

Hang in there. You might want to check out the FAAN website for a cute carrier your daughter can use to always keep her Epi on hand.

percycat

Chartreux
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   Posted 11/11/2010 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I used the omnaris and it's a very very strong nasal spray.
Make sure all the school officials know from the school nurse to
the school principal and you'll need a signed note from the doctor
that she needs to carry this around, so your work is just beginning.
The hardest part for me (daughter with a heart condition) was getting
the nurse to let me know when strep throat was going around as
that was more serious for my daughter (strep throat can go down
to the heart causing endocarditis) and you'll have to go
every year to the school to renew all the paperwork, the school
nurse has to have new forms every year...
Well wishes to your daughter...
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Red_34
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   Posted 11/11/2010 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
My daughter has tried almost every nasal spray there is and they all cause too many side effects for her that she was mainly non-compliant. So far she doesn't seem to mind the Omnaris. He looked at her throat and her throat was extremely red from pnd which is why he put her on it.

My daughter carries a purse with her and she is allowed to carry it to classes so she is just going to put epi's in there. It's in a hard carrying case so it should be fine yes?

I already got the school medication authorization form filled out by the doc so we are good to go there.

Does anyone know of a website that carries stylish medical alert bracelets designed for kids or teenagers?
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firemt
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   Posted 11/11/2010 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I find carrying my epipens ease my fears. I am safer with them. Make sure everyone knows how to use them. They are a life saver.
 
Medic alert has some very nice bracelets. The nicer ones are more expensive, but worth it. I have the rubber sport one, with toggle. Its great!

couchtater
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   Posted 11/11/2010 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Just goggle "stylist medical alert IDs" and there's a gaggle of them on the web.
Joy

Chartreux
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   Posted 11/11/2010 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
The school nurse still needs to inform all the teachers that your daughter has a epi
pen in case she needs to pull it out to use, and so she doesn't get written up for it...

Medic alert has style bands just for kids, I got a blue jeweled one for my daughter
Just google "medic alert" and browse...
and like fire said maybe go to the school to see if the nurse knows how to use the epi
pens and if she could instruct your daughter, sometimes havign someone other than
your parent show you things helps get it thru to your kids...Kids don't always like
to listen to their parents, so the school nurse would be the one to ask for help on this..
good luck and well wishes
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SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 11/14/2010 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, make sure you have an epi-pen. You know in future of any medications you can ask doctor to give a dose by IM (shot) and a 20 to 30 minute obversation window following the shot. It saved my tush when I did that. I happen to be allergic to a lot of antibiotics myself, and tons of other allergies. Rocphen was prescribed and I talked my doctor into a shot and obversation so we knew I wasnt allergic to it before he prescribed it. It saved my life. Within 20 minutes, my airway was swelling, hives head to toes both in rash and welch hives. He came in the room just as I was pulling my epi-pen out of my purse. And he says "Are you serious?" so I said "Look at me. 60mg benedryl im stat". He looked at me and repeated the order I gave him to the nurse and she ran to get it. Im not familar with that nasal spray-- but I am familar with allergic reactions like this. I hope my advice helps. Oh, and try to see if she is allergic to sacilyites (sp?).. its found in lots of things like katsup, etc. Its a natural form of asprin.
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Joan M
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   Posted 11/20/2010 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
i thought giving me an epi pen was rather dramatic when it was done in houston, texas. they did not give out the shots right and i did have a shaking fit in the house which freaked my hubby out. best advice was to go back home to nyc, ny where i found the best doctor i have ever had who did the shots slowly.

i would definitely get the medic alert out of turlock, california since they have an 800 number and will accept calls regarding your status 24/7. was pleasantly surprised to find that the sheriff's office here in albany county, ny has all the information on me also. they are trying to get electronic records really up to snuff here which is a good thing.

it is a drag that kids have to deal with this stuff but she has a great mom on her side.

Chartreux
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   Posted 11/22/2010 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Sherry,
www.medicalert.org
The are having a winter sale and are offering beaded braclets in pink, blue
and another color for 19.99 and they also have a black pearl bracelet which is 49.
and they also have sports bands...look those over.
Hope this'll help and check out the winter sale, once they sent me a kids beaded bracelet for
free as we had a hard time that year, it was the nicest thing, they do care.
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Hugz
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Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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mac38
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   Posted 12/13/2010 2:58 AM (GMT -7)   

I am also suffering from asthma but had not tried Omnaris nasal spray as yet. Now I will try this out and let you know the results.

 

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