(1st grade through 3rd grade.)
You know that when you have an allergic reaction that you have to take your medicine. Now let’s learn how that medicine works.
An allergic reaction to food happens when you eat food that your body thinks is harmful. Luckily, there are medicines that can reverse these symptoms. Epinephrine is one of these medications. When injected into the body from an EpiPen® or Twinject®, epinephrine relaxes the muscles in your body and tightens your blood vessels, slowing and stopping the allergic reaction. Another medicine used to fight allergic reactions is Bendadryl®. This medicine is an antihistamine; it helps to block allergic reaction symptoms like hives or itchiness. It works best as a preventative medicine, but is also used to treat allergic reactions.
To learn more about antihistamine visit www.faankids.org and check out the Food Allergy Basics page with Terry, the Wise Owl.
To better understand histamine and medicines used to fight allergic reactions, let’s build a model of how they work.
What happens to the straw wrapper when the water is put on it? The medicine relaxed the stomach and stopped the stomach cramps.
Now you know why it is important to always carry your epinephrine auto-injector and Benadryl®, you never know when you might need it. Your body can react to an allergen very quickly and it is important to be prepared.