- mouth and tongue swelling.
- swelling of the throat and neck.
- difficulty breathing.
- chest tightness.
Speak with your doctor or a pharmacist before taking any drugs, even over-the-counter medications. If your reaction is severe, wear a MedicAlert® necklace or bracelet. These are available from this registered charity at:
Box 9800, Station Don Mills
Toronto, Ontario M3C 2T9
How to treat the allergic reaction:
- Take Benadryl® (plain). You do not need a prescription for this. Do NOT drive or operate heavy machinery while taking this; OR
- Take whatever medication your doctor has prescribed for you.
- You should not be alone for 24 hours, in case your reaction returns.
- To help with the itch, put cool compresses on the skin or take a cool bath or bath with Aveeno®.
- Do not take hot baths or showers.
- Wear loose clothes and loose-fitting underwear.
Go to the OUCC or the Emergency Department if:
- you have any problem breathing.
- you have a tight feeling in your throat or chest.
- you have any swelling of your mouth, lips or tongue.
- you have hives, itching or swelling over all of your body.
These are signs of a medical emergency. Get immediate medical help. Dial 911 or call the operator to get help; do NOT drive a car yourself if you have these symptoms!