When your body recognizes a substance as an allergen, there is usually a localized reaction, such as sneezing and a runny nose, or hives in one area of the body. If you have a serious allergic reaction, you may experience anaphylaxis, which is a form of shock that happens throughout the whole body. This video offers an explanation of anaphylaxis along with the steps you should take when you identify the symptoms. If anaphylaxis is not treated immediately, it is life-threatening.
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If you have an allergy to certain medications, foods, or insects, you may be at a higher risk for severe allergic reactions that can lead to anaphylaxis. When anaphylaxis occurs, symptoms progress very quickly, and severe complications can arise without immediate treatment. With the tips below, you can manage an anaphylaxis emergency and minimize your health risks.
Be prepared for allergic reactions
Being aware of your triggers is integral to managing your allergies. Avoiding triggers is the most effective way to control anaphylaxis, though there are steps you can take to be prepared when you have an accidental exposure. You should wear identification jewelry indicating that you have serious allergies and get a prescription for injectable epinephrine along with an emergency plan from an allergy specialist.
Use Epinephrine for immediate treatment
Self-administration of injectable epinephrine will immediately help to relieve symptoms. In some cases, two doses will be needed to fully manage the reaction. Young individuals with severe allergies should have parents and teachers assist in their care and be a part of their emergency plan.
Go to the ER for monitoring
Even with immediate response using epinephrine, you must go to an emergency department for monitoring. After you receive emergency care, you will want to follow up with an allergist to learn ways to manage your allergies more effectively in the future. If you suffer from anaphylaxis once, you will be at risk for another severe reaction later on.
With care from the skilled physicians of Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . you can keep severe allergies under control and avoid trips to the ER for anaphylaxis. Fellowship trained, board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . Allergy doctors at this premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnostics and state-of-the-art treatment, including three types of immunotherapy, at offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule an appointment today online at allergyandasthmawellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH, ext 2.