Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction caused by exposure to a trigger such as peanuts, medications, an insect bite or bee sting.
Within seconds to a half-hour following exposure to the anaphylaxis trigger, the immune system floods the body with chemicals which causes shock, and without immediate epinephrine injection anaphylaxis may cause death.
When Anaphylaxis Occurs
Immediately administer an injection of epinephrine into the outer mid-thigh, and visit an emergency room. Make an appointment with an allergist at Allergy & Asthma Consultants so that the triggers may be identified, and a life-saving maintenance and preparation plan may be established.
Symptoms of Anaphylaxis
Here are the most common symptoms of anaphylaxis.
- difficulty breathing or uncontrollable wheezing
- feeling lightheaded or faint
- swollen eyes, lips, hands and feet
- reddish or raised skin rash
- mouth, tongue or throat swelling
- collapse and unconsciousness
Be Prepared for Anaphylaxis
If you or your child has suffered a severe allergy attack or any symptoms of anaphylaxis in the past make an appointment Allergy & Asthma Consultants. To avoid suffering future anaphylaxis, the allergic triggers must be identified, and the patient must be properly diagnosed and treated by an allergist as soon as possible. Being prepared with epinephrine injectors for anaphylaxis saves lives!
The allergists at Allergy & Asthma Consultants are specialists in the diagnosis and long-term management of anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a reaction by your immune system to an allergic trigger.
It is critical to discover the patient’s specific anaphylaxis trigger. Food allergies such as peanuts, milk, fish, and shellfish are most common for children. However, anaphylaxis in adults is most commonly triggered by insect stings and drug allergies.
Why an Allergist for Anaphylaxis
Allergist is short for allergist/immunologist, a physician who specializes in allergic reactions in all ages of patients from pediatric to geriatric. Even if only a mild anaphylactic reaction was experienced in the past, the risk of more severe anaphylaxis is possible.
See an Allergist
Make an appointment with Allergy & Asthma Consultants now to protect from future anaphylaxis and be prepared to administer epinephrine with an adrenaline injector (such as EpiPen® or Anapen®) into the outer mid-thigh. The allergist will instruct you on how to recognize and treat anaphylaxis.