Wearing Epipen adrenaline syringe

Wearing Epipen adrenaline syringe

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Caption: MODEL RELEASED. Wearing EpiPen adrenaline syringe. Father wearing his EpiPen adrenaline syringe around his neck. This is used for the emergency treatment of anaphylactic shock, a type of allergic reaction that can be fatal in minutes. The EpiPen is an auto-injector that can be self- administered. The adult version contains 0.3 milligrams of adrenaline. Common triggers for anaphylaxis include seafood, nuts and stings from animals like jellyfish and bees. The symptoms of anaphylaxis include local or systemic swelling, a drop in blood pressure and breathing difficulties. People who are susceptible to such attacks should carry adrenaline with them.

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