Beesting allergy/epi-pen protocol
May 9, 2007 8:21 AM Subscribe
How can I get a doctor to prescribe me an EpiPen for beestings, when the same doctor refuses to test me for beesting allergies for fear of triggering anaphylactic shock?
posted by hermitosis to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Posting for a friend:
I was diagnosed with an allergy to beestings at an early age when I reacted strangely to a sting. I was given EpiPen to carry with me all through school. Since then whenever I have tried to get a prescription for EpiPen, doctors refuse to prescribe me one because I haven't had an updated allergy test-- but the same doctors also won't perform a beesting allergy test, saying it's an unnecessary risk because exposing me to the allergen may cause my next exposure to result in a much more extreme reaction. I have been refused several times now for this reason.
A friend of my father's was able to send me two EpiPens a couple of years ago, but those are expired and I don't know what else to try. Should I really never undergo an allergy test? Should I just wait until my friends graduate from medical school and can hook me up?
I live in New York City and have health insurance.