Injecting adrenaline. Woman injecting herself with an EpiPen adrenaline syringe. 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. Common allergens that can trigger anaphylaxis include nuts, seafood and wasp stings. 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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