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I had some allergy testing done two weeks ago as I've always had a problem with shellfish. Anyway, doctor called and left a message (naturally I was at lunch) and said that she'd discuss the results further on the phone, but that I have a "significant" allergy to oysters and mussels and that I should be prescribed an Epi Pen in case of emergency.
 

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I carry one for Zoe, who is allergy to bee stings.

I think Glen (Delmonico) carries one, but not certain.
 

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My mom carries one for bee stings. I had to be trained on it. I got to practice by stabbing an orange!
 

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I carry one because I take allergy shots. I only need to have it on me on the days I get shots.
 

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I used to have to carry one back when my ashtma was much worse. With new medications these days, I don't need one anymore.
They're really easy to use though.
 

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I have one. I had a reaction to a medication (Celebrex). Thank goodness I insisted on it after I had the first reaction, which no one thought was an allergic reaction ::) The second time it happened we had to use it. Or, Kevin used it. I was unconscious.

It is very easy to use. You should have it refilled once a year. I will always carry one now. No one *thinks* that will ever happen again as long as I don't take Celebrex anymore, but I think it's a darn good emergency thing to have. If Kevin or I ever reacted to a bee sting, we'd have it right there. It's one of those things: I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
 

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Thanks everyone. Doctor is prescribing a pack of two with refills so that i can refill when they expire.
 

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I carry one when I travel away from town in warm weather because of bees and allergies to molds and 5 anti-biotics. My reaction is slow and part of the time 4 Benadryl will fix it, otherwise I head to the ER. I have carried on many trips to the ER, but never used it. You are supossed to go to the ER anyway if you use it so I've always saved it.
 

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I carry one for my shellfish allergy.

Be VERY VERY careful with this allergy- if you haven't already, you'll probably soon find out that most people do not understand the threat of cross-contamination in restaurants. I can no longer safely eat at Chinese, Mexican, or Japanese restaurants.

It's a huge bummer, but I always figure it's not as bad as having a peanut allergy, so I'm not too badly off. Carrying the epi pen is no problem. I keep one in my purse and one in my bedroom. Whenever you go into ANY restaurant, make sure you always have it with you. :)
 

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LarrytheLabs Mom said:
I carry one for my shellfish allergy.

Be VERY VERY careful with this allergy- if you haven't already, you'll probably soon find out that most people do not understand the threat of cross-contamination in restaurants. I can no longer safely eat at Chinese, Mexican, or Japanese restaurants.

It's a huge bummer, but I always figure it's not as bad as having a peanut allergy, so I'm not too badly off. Carrying the epi pen is no problem. I keep one in my purse and one in my bedroom. Whenever you go into ANY restaurant, make sure you always have it with you. :)
Yeah, this could be the end of my sushi eating. Currently, the chef who owns the place we go knows about my allergy, but now that I know it's oysters, I'm more concerned as he sometimes makes fresh oysters. Maybe I'll have to call ahead and see if they are being served on the day I want to go there.
 

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Mold allergies to the Pennacillian types is just as bad, you never know where they will sneak in some blue cheese. Sometimes it is even in cheese crackers and chips. ::)
 

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delmonico said:
Mold allergies to the Pennacillian types is just as bad, you never know where they will sneak in some blue cheese. Sometimes it is even in cheese crackers and chips. ::)
I never thought of that!! Yikes!
 

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Yeah, this could be the end of my sushi eating. Currently, the chef who owns the place we go knows about my allergy, but now that I know it's oysters, I'm more concerned as he sometimes makes fresh oysters. Maybe I'll have to call ahead and see if they are being served on the day I want to go there.
I know!! I ate sushi for the first time in about 2 years this past weekend. There is a sushi chef at a grocery store at home, and he was there when we were. I was about to pass on sushi out of habit, but then looked at the menu and talked to the guy and realized that there were no shellfish- yay! It was soooo good. :)
 

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When you get the prescription filled, there will be an insert for an automatic reminder from the company to refill. I use this and it's come in handy as I have to refill for 3 people at different times during the year.
 

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Karina- I didn't know you were allergic to nuts!


My friends son has a peanut allergy. He carries one on him at all times. He has a cool epi pen belt they bought through some pharma company. He used to carry it in a fanny pack, but those aren't really stylish for a 10yr old. With his belt, you can't even see it! He also has a medical alert bracelet. Again, a cool Maple Leafs one. ;)
 

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I carry one. Not sure what I'm allergic to, though. About 3 years ago, I pet a cat in my neighborhood and about 5 minutes later, blew up like a balloon, eyes shut and throat went tingly. I live with cats, so i know it wasn't that - but we wondered if there was some sort of flea powder on him that I reacted to - or if he came in contact with a certain plant/shrub? Went by ambulance to the hospital - scary stuff!!!!
 
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