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What is anaphylaxis?

What is anaphylaxis?

Life-threatening: Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction involving several parts of your body. Death occurs in about 1% of episodes caused by suffocation (your windpipe closes off) or shock (your blood pressure falls & your brain doesn't get enough oxygen). Typical symptoms include hives, vomiting, difficulty breathing & a sense of doom. Epinephrine is the drug of choice. Don't be afraid to use it! ...Read more

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Why does anaphylaxis occur?

Why does anaphylaxis occur?

Severa Allergic rx: Anaphylaxis is a severe systemic allergic reaction that can result in death. Typical triggers include food, sting, and medications. ...Read more

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How is anaphylaxis diagnosed?

How is anaphylaxis diagnosed?

Medical emergency: Anaphylaxis (or an anaphylactic reaction) is a medical emergency due to a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms include shortness of breath, stridorous breathing, cyanosis, cough, etc. This is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment and/or a 9-1-1 call. ...Read more

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What do you mean by anaphylaxis?

Life-threatening rxn: Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction affecting several parts of the part simultaneously. Mast cells release histamine & other substances making blood vessels leaky. The plasma leaking out causes swelling in the skin (hives & angioedema) & windpipe (laryngospasm) as well as asthma, vomiting, gut pain. If enough plasma leaks out the patient may go into shock. Death may ensue. ...Read more

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What do nuts trigger anaphylaxis?

What do nuts trigger anaphylaxis?

Any nut can!: Nut allergy can lead to very serious allergic reactions called anaphylaxis. This has been described for multiple nuts. The most common nut to cause reactions is walnuts, followed by cashew, pistachio, almond, pecan and hazelnut. Coconut (some people debate if this is a nut) anaphylaxis is uncommon. Nut allergy is likely to persist and best treated with the help of a board certified allergist. ...Read more

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What are the signs of anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis: can affect any of your vital systems, circulatory causing collapse, respiratory causing shortness of breath, generalized skin reaction with hives all over and/or angioedema with narrowing of upper airways and suffocation, if prone to anaphylaxis epinephrine should be kept handy (epipen), and antihistaminic too, immediate medical attention should be sought/ EMS or call 911 ...Read more

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What sort of problem is anaphylaxis?

Allergic reaction: Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction. Common symptoms are difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, a rash, skin redness, swelling, shortness of breath, coughing, and several others. It involves the entire body and needs to be treated right away as it can be life threatening. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have anaphylaxis?

How do I know if I have anaphylaxis?

Symptoms: Anaphylaxis is a clinical diagnosis that includes 2 or more organ systems. Systems usually are skin (hives, swelling), respiratory (cough, wheeze), GI (stomach pain), or heart/blood vessel (low BP or loss of consciousness). Skin symptoms are almost always present. The most severe are breathing issues and loss of consciousness. ...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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What are the symptoms of anaphylaxis?

Symptoms can vary: Anaphylaxis is a systemic allergic reaction. That is, symptoms occur not just at the site of exposure, but at other parts of the body as well. Symptoms include widespread hives, flushing, vomiting, diarrhea, wheezing, swelling, and even a dangerous drop in blood pressure (shock). Anaphylaxis is an emergency, so seek immediate medical attention if you feel someone has these symptoms. ...Read more

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What is anaphylaxis? Can anyone GT it?

What is anaphylaxis? Can anyone GT it?

Anyone: Anaphylaxis is a life threatening systemic allergic reaction. It can kill. Everyone is a risk for anaphylaxis. If one has suffered anaphylaxis then a thorough evaluation by an allergist is appropriate. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies for anaphylaxis?

9-1-1: The only home remedy for an anaphylactic reaction is to immediately call 9-1-1. If an epi-pen is available, give it and then call 9-1-1. Under no circumstances is there any other "home" remedy. ...Read more

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What are the experiences of anaphylaxis?

What are the experiences of anaphylaxis?

Not good: Avoidance is the only answer if you know the cause. Be sure to carry an Epinephrine kit with you at all times. There is a new device called Auvi-Q which comes with audio instruction and is of pocket size. If you don't know the inciting agent, see your allergist asap since anaphylaxis can kill. ...Read more

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How much time does anaphylaxis last for?

Depends: For anaphylaxis related deaths: average time = 30 min if food induced, 15 min if from stinging insect, 5 min if from medical treatment/drug. For survived episodes, generally minutes to hours, depending on severity and cause. Some reactions have a "biphasic" character with sudden relapse after an initial period of improvement. Hopefully this illustrates the importance of carrying epi ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have mild anaphylaxis?

How do I tell if I have mild anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis: Anaphylaxis is a clinical diagnosis based on symptoms. When more than one organ system (heart, airway/lungs, skin, gastrointestinal tract, nervous system) is affected with allergic symptoms, it would classify as anaphylaxis. Mild anaphylaxis would not have low blood pressure or shock or severe airway/lung symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of anaphylaxis?

What are the main symptoms of anaphylaxis?

Several: Anaphylaxis commonly manifests in several areas- skin: hives or flushing. Low blood pressure: light-headed, dizzy, passing out. Bronchospasm: wheezing, shortness of breath. Patients also frequently describe a sense of impending doom- "i knew something was really wrong". ...Read more

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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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Does anaphylaxis usually cause many symptoms?

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Yes: Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction. Symptoms develop quickly [seconds to minutes] after a person is exposed to something he or she is allergic to [foods, medications, insect bites, etc]. Symptoms can include hives [itchy, raised, red patches], trouble breathing/swallowing, wheezing, abdominal pain/cramping. Prompt treatment can be life saving. Use an epi-pen if you have it. Then er. ...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