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Anaphylactic Reaction Treatment
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the difference between an allergic reaction and an anaphylactic reaction? Do you need epipen for both?
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
If you were going to have an anaphylactic reaction to something, how long after exposure will it occur? What's the longest it can take?
Its: Usually fairly quick seconds to minutes.Get a more detailed answer ›
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