What is adrenaline? - Allergy treatments

Adrenaline is a naturally occurring hormone found in your body, made by the adrenal medulla (part of the adrenal glands, small organs which sit on top of your kidneys). It is used in the body's “fight-or-flight” response to stress. It is required in anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening allergic condition that may happen if you are exposed to small amounts of an allergen.

Adrenaline is usually given into a muscle by an EpiPen. EpiPens are easy to use, and you can train yourself or your friends and family to use it in case you have an anaphylactic shock. You should carry it with you at all times.

Side effects of adrenaline include a high blood pressure, palpitations, problems with heart rhythms, headache, anxiety, a tremor or restlessness, sweating, or a weak feeling.

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