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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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Anaphylactic Shock (Definition)

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


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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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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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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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How do you know if you are having anaphylaxis?

Bad things happening: Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-ending allergic reaction. Parts of the body involved: skin, heart & respiratory & digestive systems. In anaphylaxis at least 2 are involved. Skin symptoms in 95% - hives, swelling of eyelids, lips, hands, feet or overall flushing. Falling blood pressure, fainting, difficulty breathing through throat or lungs, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea & sense of doom are others. ...Read more

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What is anaphylaxis? Why is it such a big deal?

You can die.: Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction affecting many organs at once. Most serious is swelling shutting off movement of air through the windpipe & leakage of plasma out of the bloodstream leading to catastrophic loss of blood pressure, shock & heart stoppage. Death occurs in 1% of all episodes of anaphylaxis. Its victims are often children and young adults in the prime of life. ...Read more

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How long would it take for anaphylaxis to occur?

Varies: Typically within a few minutes and up to 30 min. It can take longer, but this is rare. Go to the emergency room if you suspect anaphylaxis, and use your Epinephrine auto injector (epipen, auvi-q) if so indicated. ...Read more

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If I develop anaphylaxis, how will it be treated?

Anaphylaxis: Epinephrine is the only proven effective treatment for anaphylaxis. There is no data to support any benefit from h1/h2 antihistamines or steroids. We give them to decrease the reaction but only Epinephrine is recommended in anaphylaxis. Give Epinephrine and call 911. Epi only has a half-life of 30 minutes. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis: 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. ...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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Can an anaphylaxis attack resolve itself without meds?

Yes, if it is mild: In the days before Epinephrine (adrenalin) was discovered, milder attacks would resolve spontaneously. However, some could become life-threatening or fatal. I would not take the risk and would use epi-pen or auviq once systemic symptoms. ...Read more

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With anaphylaxis what else should I be concerned about?

With anaphylaxis what else should I be concerned about?

Carry an EpiPen (epinephrine): If you have had anaphylaxis from a food or stinging insect, you should carry an Epinephrine auto injector from now on. You should also undergo a complete evaluation by a board certified allergist to help determine what you may be allergic to and need to avoid. ...Read more

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What should you do if you are experiencing anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis: 1. Recognize you are having the reaction 2. Administer Epinephrine immediately (you should have a 2nd dose available too) 3. Call 911 (epi only lasts for 30 minutes). ...Read more

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What does it mean to have anaphylaxis? My aunt wants to know.

Severe Allergy React: Anaphylaxis is a severe potentially life threatening allergic reaction. Anaphylaxis must be dealt with swiftly and taken very seriously. A thorough work up by a board certified allergist is a must to potentially identify the trigger and develop a treatment plan. ...Read more

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The usual symptoms of anaphylaxis include what kinds of things?

Life-threatening: Skin: hives, swelling lips, eyelids, hands, feet. Gi: nausea, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea breathing: difficulty breathing, coughing, tickle in throat, wheezing, chest pain. Cardiovascular: rapid pulse, weak pulse, dizziness, sense that something is very wrong, loss of consciousness. You don't have to have all of these symptoms to have anaphylaxis. Call 911. Lie down. Raise feet on 1 pillow. ...Read more

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How long after exposure does it take for anaphylaxis to develop?

How long after exposure does it take for anaphylaxis to develop?

Within minutes: Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that involves multiple parts of the body (lungs, heart, skin, & gut). If you are allergic to a food, medicine, or stinging insect, exposure may cause anaphylaxis quickly. This is why sensitive patients should carry self-injectable Epinephrine with them at all times and not delay using it at the first sign of a reaction. ...Read more

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Severe Allergic Reaction (Anaphylactic Shock) (Definition)

A severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. ...Read more