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How many aspirins a day is it safe to take on a regular daily schedule? I take four 325mg tablets every day.
Aspirin Dose: This is a difficult question to answer without knowing why you are taking it. If you are taking Aspirin for its cardioprotectant effect, the dose is considerably lower than what you are taking on the other hand, if you are taking it as an anti-inflammatory agent for osteoarthritis, the dose seems a little low. The doctor who prescribed your Aspirin therapy is the best person to answer this ...Read more
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
If someone has an allergy to asprin (anaphylaxis) but they need to take it for whatever reason, can they be desensitized to it?
Yes: Yes, it can be done. But after the procedure, you need to take it everyday or you have to repeat the procedure again. Your local allergist could help you with this. ...Read more
18 years ago, I had an anaphylactic reaction after taking Bayer aspirin. Dr said never take aspirin again! I haven't. Do you agree?
Yes: Anaphylaxis is a life threatening reaction. If you have had that reaction to Aspirin in the past, a rechallenge with the same medication is unwise. If there were no alternative, then it may be reasonable to attempt a desensitization process., but that is not the case here. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Where can I find a statistic for the number of children who died from allergies causing anaphylaxis in the u.S.?
Only overall numbers: The incidence of anaphylaxis in children is unknown. Estimates of anaphylactic deaths (from drugs, foods, insect stings, and latex) in the us are 0.002 percent annually (2 per 100, 000): 500 fatalities from penicillin anaphylaxis; 40 fatalities from bee stings; 125-150 from food anaphylaxis. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
Hay fever reactions?: While it is possible to see a variety of symptoms with seasonal allergies, such as sneezing, nasal congestion, eye redness, swelling and wheezing, a true anaphylactic reaction is rare. The severe, sudden onset of allergic symptoms associated with anaphylaxis might be seen as a reaction to an allergy shot to treat hay fever, but more commonly is seen with foods, medications, and insect stings, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anything is possible: It all depends on what you mean. Anaphylaxis, as defined by the involvement of more than one organ system, could surely cause anaphylaxis by causing asthmatic and urticarial/angioedema reactions. In terms of causing hypotension, i would assume that it is possible, but is rarely seen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If really severe: Anaphylaxis is the most severe type of allergic reaction. If the reaction is so severe that blood supply does not reach vital organs including brain, heart, liver etc, there can be damage. This type of severe reaction would include loss of consciousness, collapse, shock, convulsions, incontinence, etc. Thankfully, most mild-moderate anaphylactic reactions will not result in permanent damage. ...Read more
Rare: There are a few case reports in the literature for both adults and children with documented anaphylactic reactions to macrolides. Overall this class of antibiotic is associated with far fewer such reactions compared to penicillin, penicillin derivatives and quinolones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer