Anaphylaxis — Improvising Treatment in the Field

A professor many years ago told me a story a student had told him โ€” she was in an elevator, a bee stung her, and she began to get an anaphylactic reaction.ย  A man inside realized her distress, didnโ€™t know what to do, put his hand on her shoulder.ย  The woman got so angry being touched by a strange man, her body set off a natural โ€œfight or flightโ€ response, and her own adrenalin (epinephrine) calmed her reaction.ย  Moral โ€” in such a case, while an ambulance is en route, maybe do something immediately outrageous or obscene (but explain rapidly to bystanders why).ย  Iโ€™ve never had occasion.

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