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Had an allergic reaction to sea food, swollen lips, red eyes, changed voice, vomiting, drowsiness. Help?

Hi, my friend has just had an allergic reaction to sea food. She s known to have allergy to shrimp. She has swelling on her lips , her eyes are red, voice has changed, sneezing in between, and she vomited a few times. I just gave her an allergic, (antihistamine), but she vomited soon after, so I don t know if she has ingested it. She felt drowsy and is sleeping, though I don t know if that is an allergic reaction or a side effect... Need some help.. Should I take her to the hospital?
Asked On : Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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Allergist and Immunologist 's  Response

Your friend just had an anaphylaxis to sea food.

The most important thing was the antihistamine that you gave, but may have been a drowsy one (ie., sedative antihistamine like atarax). A person going to sleep after a serious allergic reaction is not advised, without proper monitoring.

Please try and get your friend to a hospital as soon as possible. Try waking her up and see if she says she is still unwell. Blood pressure drops in anaphylaxis, that is the cause of most deaths.

Do not get her to stand or force her to use public transport if she says she is feeling unwell.

Get an ambulance for oxygen, she will need steroids and more antihistamines but the emergency doctor can decide this.

Best Wishes.
Answered: Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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