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    What would happen if you went into anaphylactic shock too many times?
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    sparklicious posted:
    I have rheumatoid arthritis and my rheumatologist changed my medication. The new medication isn't working and now that my immune system isn't suppressed I've developed a severe allergy to pollen. I have to cover myself head to toe to keep it from touching my skin and can't keep the windows open in my car or house. Even though I've limited my exposure as much as possible, I still keep breaking out and hives. Usually when I get hives anaphylaxis soon follows.

    I have epipens so I wouldn't die if that happened. The problem is that it is going to be days before I can see a specialist to deal with the situation. In the meantime, I'm worried about what will happen if I repeatedly go into anaphylactic shock. Will the epipens stop working eventually? Should I just go to the ER now to see if they can give me medication to prevent that from happening?
     
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    editor_morgan responded:
    Hi there and thanks for posting,

    I completely understand your concern. I have a sensitivity to pollen as well, and it is incredibly difficult to manage.

    Were you ever able to see a doctor? Please let us know how you're doing.

    Here is some relevant information about pollen allergies. I hope that it helps!

    http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/pollen_allergies_overview


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