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Q: How do I know if I'm having an allergic reaction?

Allergic reactions may occur after exposure to foods, medications, environmental irritants, or even jewelry.  Minor allergic reactions typically involve a localized skin rash in the exposed area and can be treated with removal of the offending agent and application of over the counter hydrocortisone.  More severe systemic reactions often present with an itchy red rash covering a large area of the body and may progress to involve swelling of the eyes, lips, tongue, or throat.  This may ultimately lead to difficulty breathing and is considered a medical emergency.   Moderate reactions can often be treated with Benadryl and an H2 blocking medication such as Pepcid or Zantac.  Sometimes a course of oral steroid is prescribed, and the patient may be advised to carry an Epi-Pen in the future.  Life threatening allergic reactions involving the airway should always precipitate a call to 911 and the patient should be transported to the hospital by ambulance.  Because a second exposure to an allergen is typically more severe than the first, all allergens should be reported to your physician and pharmacist so they may be avoided in the future.  For more information, visit www.ebrownmd.com

Funerals for Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Amos, Jan - 2 p.m., McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin.

Cantley, Shirley - Noon, Hopkins Fork Community Church.

Collins, John - 1 p.m., Central United Baptist Church, Logan.

Jett, Roland - 1 p.m., America Legion Hall.

Lowe, Angela - 8 p.m., Honaker Funeral Home, Logan.

May, Gary - 1 p.m., Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Payne Sr., Merle - 11 a.m., Simons - Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Short, Carl - 7:30 p.m., Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Townsend, John - Noon, Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Walker, Franklin - 1:30 p.m., Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Zachwieja, Sandra - 12:30 p.m., Catholic Church of the Ascension, Hurricane.