Dear Readers: With food allergies on the rise, especially among children, many people have an EPINEPHRINE auto-injector on hand. Here is important and potentially lifesaving information that you need to know about it:

* Prescriptions come with two injectors for a reason. They should not be separated! The second injector is there in case something goes wrong with the first, or if the first dose wears off and a second is needed.

* A practice injector comes with the prescription. Use it! Don’t wait until an actual emergency arises! Know what to do before a crisis.

* Epinephrine auto-injectors should be replaced yearly. An expired one may work, but it also might not be as effective. Don’t take a chance!

* Always get medical treatment after using epinephrine. It is NOT a substitute for medical care, but it buys you enough time to get medical treatment. Even if the injector works perfectly and the person feels better, medical treatment is a MUST. It also is the only way to receive a new prescription.

Hopefully, the need to use epinephrine will never arise, but in case it does, keep these helpful hints in mind. -- Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



Dear Heloise: I take the robe (Heloise here: the disposable paper robes for examinations) that they give me to wear at a doctor’s office home with me. I use it for hair coloring or cutting my hair at home. -- Denise, via e-mail


Dear Readers: Do you take your digital camera everywhere, as I do? How do you protect it from dirt, dust and damage?

Keep the camera in a bag, even if it is a small, sealable plastic bag. This cuts down on moisture and other stuff.

If your camera looks dirty, use a soft cloth (a microfiber cloth is perfect) to gently wipe away smudges and fingerprints. On the lens, don’t use anything that will scratch. Very carefully use a soft cloth or eyeglass cleaner.

If the battery compartment gets a little dusty, use a pencil eraser to clean the metal contacts and then blow into the compartment to remove the “shavings.” Voila -- no more filth! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: A simple way to organize small children’s clothes for traveling is to buy 1-gallon zipper-top bags and place a complete outfit in each bag. Once you empty out the bag, you can place the previous day’s dirty clothing in it.

For an older child, undergarments can be in one bag and pants/tops in another. Use a separate bag for swimsuits. Love those zip bags! -- Grace B., Moorpark, Calif.


Dear Heloise: When making a donation/memorial, designate how this should be directed -- i.e., Music Fund Memorial, Scholarship Memorial, etc.

I recently discovered my church’s practice is that when there is no designation, the donation is placed in its “General Fund.” -- Jean in Arkansas

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

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