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Dr. Kristin Sokol
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Anaphylactic Shock (Overview)

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 involves the whole body.


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How long does anaphylactic shock occur after bee stings?

How long does anaphylactic shock occur after bee stings?

Can be immediate: Anaphylaxis to bee stings is a rapid onset, severe, and potentially life threatening reaction due to an allergy to the bee venom. It often occurs within minutes of a sting. Because this is life threatening, people with bee sting allergy should be tested by an allergist, carry an Epinephrine pen, and possibly be put on allergy injections to bee venom. ...Read more

Dr. Kristin Sokol
187 Doctors shared insights

Anaphylactic Shock (Overview)

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 involves the whole body.


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I suffered what doctors thought was an anaphylactic shock during general anaesthetic a few months ago. I am now diagnosed with both COPD stage 2 and asthma. Were these conditions the more likely cause?

I suffered what doctors thought was an anaphylactic shock during general anaesthetic a few months ago. I am now diagnosed with both COPD stage 2 and asthma. Were these conditions the more likely cause?

Not likely: The COPD is not likely related to the anaphylaxis. The asthma may be a sign that you are more "atopic" or allergic. As there are many with asthma that have "hyperactive" immune systems that "react" to many different allergens more strongly than others. But overall it's more likely the anaphylaxis and asthma are unrelated. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How to know if I have an anaphylactic shock attack?

You'd know: Anaphylaxis is caused by exposure to an antigen which elaborates an exaggerated response from the body. This results swelling of the airway tissues, blocking them, wheezing in the lungs and generalized body swelling. If it happened to you, you'd not forget it. It can be treated with Epinephrine and steroids which reduce the swelling. ...Read more

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Can food intolerance cause anaphylactic shock?

Can food intolerance cause anaphylactic shock?

No But...: ....Food allergies may. A food intolerance usually means a digestive problem. Allergies are a totally different body chemistry and are potentially much more dangerous. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat anaphylactic shock?

Several options: There are several medications that can be used depending upon the severity of the reaction. Epinephrine is the main medication that is used to treat anaphylaxis. Additional medications can be used including antihistamines and steroids. ...Read more

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What happens when you get anaphylactic shock?

What happens when you get anaphylactic shock?

Bad stuff: Anaphylaxis causes dilatation & leaking of blood vessels. That causes swelling of membranes, particularly in the respiratory tracy. This compromises organs depending on their blood &oxygen supply. Soon blood pressure drops, then organ failure follows if anaphylaxis is left untreated. Finally death ensues. ...Read more

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Can flowers cause anaphylactic shock?

Can flowers cause anaphylactic shock?

Yes; pollen allergen: It may not be the flowers, but the pollen within them, that caused the allergy. Anaphylactic shock is a severe allergic reaction where the body reacts to a harmless substance (like pollen) by over-producing histamine & starting an exaggerated immune response. In some cases, this causes an unsafe drop in blood pressure (shock). Emergency treatment with epinephrine & steroids (immunosupressant). ...Read more

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How to know if I had an anaphylactic shock?

How to know if I had an anaphylactic shock?

Some tips: When you have trouble breathing due to obstruction in the tongue or throat swelling or airway obstruction (asthma), when you are fainting due to low blood pressure, or when you are having abdominal cramps, vomiting, and/or diarrhea, for no known reason, then anaphylaxis is a possibility. Over 90% of anaphylaxis is associated with itching, flushing, and/or hives and this is important to remember ...Read more

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What happens when you get anaphylactic shock?

Bad stuff: Anaphylaxis causes dilatation & leaking of blood vessels. That causes swelling of membranes, particularly in the respiratory tracy. This compromises organs depending on their blood &oxygen supply. Soon blood pressure drops, then organ failure follows if anaphylaxis is left untreated. Finally death ensues. ...Read more

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How to know if I have an anaphylactic shock attack?

You'd know: Anaphylaxis is caused by exposure to an antigen which elaborates an exaggerated response from the body. This results swelling of the airway tissues, blocking them, wheezing in the lungs and generalized body swelling. If it happened to you, you'd not forget it. It can be treated with Epinephrine and steroids which reduce the swelling. ...Read more

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What to do if someone goes into anaphylactic shock?

EPIPEN (epinephrine) and 911: Anaphylactic shock is a medical emergency. If an Epipen is available inject immediately. Then call 911. The patients swells up, their airways close (from edema or swelling), they may start getting red (from hives and histamine release) etc. Stay with the patient. If recognized early may be able to have patient take some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and/or Prednisone to ward off some of the disastrous reactions. ...Read more

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Can scratching during anaphylactic shock make it worse?

Can scratching during anaphylactic shock make it worse?

Probably not: That is not necessarily a statement that would be supported by the literature. ...Read more

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Help please! What drug is used to treat anaphylactic shock?

Epinephrine: Is the drug of choice to treat anaphylaxis, you need a prescription for it. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: anaphylactic shock?

Sever allergy attack: Anaphylaxis is a severe form of an allergy attack that may include hives and swelling throughout the skin, respiratory problems like asthma and cardiovascular problems like low blood pressure and shock. Treatment includes adrenaline, fluids, steroids, antihistamines and h2 blockers, . ...Read more

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Is it possible to be in mild anaphylactic shock but not get worse?

Immediate to late: Most often it is immediate to have an anaphylactic reaction sometimes it may take a few minutes. It all depends on how quickly the 'venom' or chemical mediators are released. The reaction itself could be mild or severe. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Definition)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more