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What sort of problem is anaphylaxis?

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Holly Barth
General Practice
12 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Holly Barth
Holly Barth
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2 comments
Dr. Brian Novick
anaphylaxis always is a life threatening reaction....
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Other symptoms include dizziness, a sense of doom, and loss of consciousness from falling blood pressures, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea & even uterine cramps.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Serious...

Anaphylaxis is a cascade of events that occurs due to a severe allergic reaction.
In the worst cases, the throat swells to the point of obstructing a person's airway. This could be life-threatening. If this occurs, the person needs to get to the er stat so 911 should be called immediately.

In brief: Serious...

Anaphylaxis is a cascade of events that occurs due to a severe allergic reaction.
In the worst cases, the throat swells to the point of obstructing a person's airway. This could be life-threatening. If this occurs, the person needs to get to the er stat so 911 should be called immediately.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Mortal allergy

Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction because it involves multiple organs.
Death occurs perhaps in 0.1 to 1% of episodes because of laryngospasm (occlusion of the windpipe) or hypotension from leakage of plasma out of blood vessels. Other symptoms include asthma, hives, swelling of eyelids, lips, & tongue, nausea, vomiting & adbominal & uterine cramps. This is a 911 call.

In brief: Mortal allergy

Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction because it involves multiple organs.
Death occurs perhaps in 0.1 to 1% of episodes because of laryngospasm (occlusion of the windpipe) or hypotension from leakage of plasma out of blood vessels. Other symptoms include asthma, hives, swelling of eyelids, lips, & tongue, nausea, vomiting & adbominal & uterine cramps. This is a 911 call.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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