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Can all allergies cause anaphylaxis?

Can all allergies cause anaphylaxis?

Yes.: Anaphylaxis is often an extreme allergic reaction, but may not always be readily attributable to an allergy. Some people, for example, may experience anaphylaxis from exercise under certain circumstances. Most episodes of anaphylaxis may be linked to allergic sensitization as in the case of insect sting reactions, certain drugs, foods, and in some individuals with severe inhalant allergies. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Does a prolonged elimination diet (eg AIP) cause food allergies or anaphylaxis to foods that you eliminated?

Does a prolonged elimination diet (eg AIP) cause food allergies or anaphylaxis to foods that you eliminated?

Not usually: If you eliminated a food you are allergic to even for a long time, the reaction is unpredictable on reintroduction but it is unlikely that this action alone eliminates the food allergy. However some food allergies do tend to fade away (milk, egg etc0 with time-whether this is from having avoided it for a long time or not is unclear. ...Read more

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Can animal allergies cause anaphilaxis? I'm allergic to most animals but mostly cats, dogs and horses. It's very very hard to breath if i'm near them.

Can animal allergies cause anaphilaxis? I'm allergic to most animals but mostly cats, dogs and horses. It's very very hard to breath if i'm near them.

Rarely: Animal dander, in highly allergic people, can cause serious allergic reactions but usually the worst of it is triggering an asthma attack with cough, wheeze and shortness of breath. Animal avoidance is best but allergy shots are an excellent alternative. Possibly treating the asthma with an inhaler prior to exposure can also help. Anaphylaxis is incredibly rare to pet dander. ...Read more

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Where can I find a statistic for the number of children who died from allergies causing anaphylaxis in the u.S.?

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

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Are all anaphylaxis reaction allergy related?

Are all anaphylaxis reaction allergy related?

No answer: The question makes no sense. Try again with a specific question including the details. ...Read more

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What tests can get done to rule out any and all allergies? Im petrified of anaphylaxis and want my normal life back! i can't eat or use anything now!

Fear of anaphylaxis: Agree with Dr Fisher. I will also add that an Allergist can also help to diagnose conditions that mimic anaphylaxis. It is rare to form severe allergy to multiple triggers that could result in anaphylaxis and so a thorough investigation into alternative possibilities is critical for peace of mind. ...Read more

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Can an allergy to cats be deadly? Can someone have anaphylaxis?

Can an allergy to cats be deadly?  Can someone have anaphylaxis?

With acute exposure: Someone allergic to cats who lives with cats will not likely have acute anaphylaxis but may have symptoms of chronic allergic rhinitis and asthma. When a patient with severe cat allergy who doesn't live with cats enters a home with a cat acute symptoms may occur. This may include throat closure (laryngospasm). I have never heard of this resulting in death. But it's not fun. ...Read more

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Anaphylaxis, allergy and hypersensitivity, what's the difference between these three?

Degrees of severity: Anaphylaxis is an allergy or hypersensitivity reaction to an allergen, usually (there are rare people that we don't know what causes their anaphylaxis). Anaphylaxis is the most extreme form of allergy that has the potential to be fatal if not treated promptly with epinephrine. ...Read more