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What is the treatment for an anaphylactic reaction to tree nuts like pecans?

What is the treatment for an anaphylactic reaction to tree nuts like pecans?

Epinephrine, 911: People with nut allergy should always have an Epinephrine auto-injector and be versed in its indications and usage. Epinephrine is the first line treatment for anaphylaxis and its use in the field should always be followed by evaluation in an emergency room. Studies have repeatedly shown that delayed administration of Epinephrine is the number one predictor for bad outcomes in anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Anaphylaxis (Definition)

Anaphylaxis is a severe, whole-body allergic reaction to a chemical that has become an allergen. After being exposed to a substance such as bee sting venom, the person's immune system becomes sensitized to it. When the person is exposed to that allergen again, an allergic reaction may occur. Anaphylaxis happens quickly after the exposure, is severe, and ...Read more


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What is involved with desensitization therapy when one's reaction to bee stings is anaphylaxis?

What is involved with desensitization therapy when one's reaction to bee stings is anaphylaxis?

Venom allergy shots: Venom immunotherapy (venom shots) is recommended for patients with systemic reactions such as anaphylaxis to stinging insects. Once testing has determined which stinging insects someone is allergic to, gradually increasing doses of venom are injected in the allergists office according to varying schedules. Once the maintenance dosage is reached injections are generally given every 4 to 8 weeks. ...Read more

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Can a person have anaphylaxis and survive without medical treatment (presuming medical treatment isn't available)?

Can a person have anaphylaxis and survive without medical treatment (presuming medical treatment isn't available)?

Yes: A person can survive. Death is usually from cardiac arrest, which is caused by the body's reaction to the trigger. Normal physiological "breaks" will reverse the reaction, but anaphylaxis is deadly because cardiac arrest can occur before the "breaks" go into effect. Even if survived, the next anaphylactic reaction to the same trigger can be even more exaggerated and the luck may run out ...Read more

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Can anaphylaxis go away on its own, without emergency treatment?

Can anaphylaxis go away on its own, without emergency treatment?

No: True anaphylaxis is a life threatening emergency by definition. There are other forms of allergy that are less serious, and some are called "anaphylactoid" but true anaphylaxis requires emergency treatment. ...Read more

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Can you get an anaphylactic reaction just by smelling something you are really allergic to?

Can you get an anaphylactic reaction just by smelling something you are really allergic to?

Not likely: Anaphylactic reactions require ingestion of the allergen. Vapors from foods do not contain the proteins responsible for the allergic reaction. ...Read more

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What happens if a child has an anaphylactic reaction during allergy testing? What's the antidote?

Stop testing + Epi: The testing would need to be stopped immediately, and treatment for anaphylaxis would need to be initiated (injectable epinephrine, benadryl, possibly steroids). ...Read more

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After talking augmentin for 15 days, is it possible to have an anaphylactic reaction? Is it likely?

Unlikely but...: It is very unusual to develop anaphylaxis after having been on the drug continuously but anything is possible. However the story may be different when you take it again the next time should you become sensitized to the drug during this course of treatment. ...Read more

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What can cause an anaphylactic reaction?

What can cause an anaphylactic reaction?

Many things: Any allergen can provoke anaphylaxis in a highly allergic person. Various foods, medications, insect venoms, and sometimes airborne allergens can trigger anaphylaxis. If you have symptoms that you think represent anaphylaxis, you should discuss your concerns with an allergist. ...Read more