Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can occur suddenly and progress rapidly.
Symptoms of Anaphylaxis
Symptoms of anaphylaxis may include:
Swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
Hives or skin rash
Shortness of breath or wheezing
Rapid or weak pulse
Nausea and vomiting
Dizziness or fainting
Confusion or anxiety
Treatment for Anaphylaxis
Treatment for anaphylaxis should be started immediately and involves the use of epinephrine, a medication that can rapidly reverse the symptoms of anaphylaxis. Other medications, such as antihistamines, may also be used to relieve symptoms. In severe cases, supplemental oxygen and intravenous fluids may be necessary.
It is important for individuals with a history of anaphylaxis to carry an epinephrine auto-injector with them at all times and to have a written emergency action plan in place. Individuals with a history of anaphylaxis should also inform others, such as family, friends, and coworkers, about their condition and how to respond in the event of a reaction.
Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that requires immediate treatment. If you suspect that you or someone else is experiencing anaphylaxis, seek medical attention immediately. Early treatment with epinephrine and other medications can be lifesaving.