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

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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Anaphylaxis (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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Live in mid-fl. In yard clearing brush when bit on back of neck. After 24 hrs, swelling as big as silver dollar, still itches. Am anaphylaxic?

Live in mid-fl. In yard clearing brush when bit on back of neck. After 24 hrs, swelling as big as silver dollar, still itches. Am anaphylaxic?

Likely not: It looks like you have local reaction to some insect bites. I don't see you mention about problems breathing, diffused rashes or hives, and abdominal pain other GI symptoms so you don't have anaphylaxis. The bite site can last for a few days. Try warm compress. If it get worse, you might have cellulitis and need to be seen by a physician. ...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: 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 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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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 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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Are the symptoms of anaphylaxis bad? How does one know he has it?

Alot; see your MD: Anaphylaxis is a potentially life ending allergic reaction to food, drug, stings and other entities. The symptoms of asnaphylaxis include: itchy eyes, nose and mouth, itchy skin, lip, tongue and throat swelling, shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, light headed, dizzy, low blood pressure, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. See you physician if you think you have these. ...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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Does anaphylaxis usually cause many symptoms?

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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