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  Posted by: mummystna on Mar-28-07 9:08 AM (EST)

you should also list latex allergies !!
and tell your reader to get vinyl gloves for there first aid kits!! alot of people have this allergie and more are getting it all the time!
some are mild other severe, and could cause death!!

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  Allergies, Antahistamine and Epi-pens
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-03-07 12:16 PM (EST)
Greetings from Lena Conlan. At WMI of NOLS (the Wilderness Medicine Institute) we teach that as long as a person who is experiencing an allergic reaction can speak, swollow and drink by themselves they shall take antihistamin. It is the Antihistamine that will save their life (in the long run) if they have an allergic reaction. Anyone can buy Benedryl, Clarityn, Cetrizine or any other type of Antihistamin meds over the counter at farmacies in the USA. The patient should take the recommended dose on the bottle.

If the person can't talk, can't swollow or drink (i.e they can not swollow the Antihistamines tablettes) and the airway starts to close up then the adrenaline / the epineherine needs to be given to the patient. Epi-pens are prescription only and the patient should administrar the shot themselves. The medications inside the Epi-pen will open up the airway temporarily. As soon as the patient can breathe, swollow and drink the Antihistamine should be taken. The Epi-pen will only save life for a short time. Without the Antihistamines the airway will close up again and most of us only have two shots of Epi along.

If you guide or are in charge of a group in the outdoors then knowing what participants might be allergic to is really important. If someone says that they have experienced severe reactions then these folks should have both Antihistamine and Epi-pens with them.

If you guide for a living or lead others who pay you for a trip then I highly recommend that you take a Wilderness First Aid course and learn more about this. We can all have Antihistamine in our first aid kits but in order to have an Epi-pen along we need prescription from a Medical doctor who maybe also could sign off as your Medical Advisor.

Best regards,
Lena Conlan

  Posted by: old_user on Apr-04-07 2:12 PM (EST)
I had a backcountry partner who had anaphylactic-type allergies to almost everything. We had the training & blessing from our MD to carry vials of epinephrine, IV benadryl, IV cimetidine, and IV solu-medrol.

I wholeheartedly agree with CrossingLatitudes: if you're leading a trip--even informally--get the medical training. The farther afield you and your companions go, the higher the level of training should be. In fact, I'd even go one further and suggest that everyone get some sort of wilderness first aid training from NOLS, WMI or even the Scouts. When someone is critically injured or sick, trying to read the little manual in the first aid kit doesn't do much good! I once saw someone under stress administer an epi-pen upside-down so the medicine was painfully delivered into the palm of their hand. Ick.
  Bee stings and bites
  Posted by: helenmck on Apr-06-07 2:46 AM (EST)
Hi from Australia. A few years ago I started a Nursery (Plants) here on our island and we discovered that there are large ants -about 1inch long that jump and bite. By accident, we discovered that by using Vicks Vapour Rub on the bites it stopped the burn of the bite. We also tried it on babies, children, older people etc and it stopped the burning and itching of mosquito, midgies, sandflies, bees,ants, and wasp stings. Now I carry a small jar of Vicks in my kayak and car first aide kits. As it is in a small plastic jar it is easy to carry and won't break.


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