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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?

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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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