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Doctor insights on: Anaphylaxis Physiology

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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?

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 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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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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I think I am developing anaphylaxis. What should I do?

I think I am developing anaphylaxis. What should I do?

Call 911 : Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency and needs to be treated immediately. The most effective medication is Epinephrine or Adrenalin and the sooner it is administered, the better the outcome. Avoiding the triggering allergen is important. Because anaphylaxis can progress and potentially be fatal, it is important to be evaluated in the ed so appropriate treatment can be administered. ...Read more

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How to treat anaphylaxis?

911 Emergency: Call 911 immediately. Make sure the person is breathing and maintaining an airway. If an Epipen (epinephrine) is available, use it. Know cpr. ...Read more

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What is idiopathic anaphylaxis?

What is idiopathic anaphylaxis?

Unknown cause: Anaphylaxis is the most severe type of allergic reaction and can be life threatening. Anaphylaxis means that after a thorough evaluation for a cause of anaphylaxis the cause still remains unknown. This represents about 66% of all cases of anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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Can methylcobalamine B12 cause anaphylaxis?

Unlikely: I have never heard of methylcobalamin causing anaphylaxis and given that it is a chemical that is naturally found in every cell of your body it is probably impossible to have such a reaction. However, a supplement containing methylcobalamin may contain fillers and binders that some could be allergic to, so one could theoretically have anaphylaxis to a B12 supplement caused by the other ingredients. ...Read more

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Is there a risk of anaphylaxis with apheresis?

Unlikely: "unlikely" because an aphorism in medicine is "never say never" but highly unlikely as the stuff returned to you is the stuff that was removed minus something. No foreign material is added to which your immune system could identify and react. In fact, apheresis aka plasmapheresis is sometimes used to treat serious cases of recurrent anaphylaxis where the cause is unknown or idiopathic. ...Read more

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What after effects are there from anaphylaxis?

Itch-> death: Mild cases may be itching, hives, vomiting, and fatigue, severe cases can be life-threatening when respiratory problem or vascular collapse (shock) occurs. If you have this issue, be sure to have Epinephrine with you all at time. Oral antihistamine will not do you any good. Even more important, see an allergist to find out what the trigger is. ...Read more