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Anaphylaxis Treatment & Management

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Anaphylaxis is the allergic reaction which can be very severe and life-threatening. People who suffer from Anaphylaxis have to very careful as a single allergen can put their lives at stake. Our body releases chemicals when an external substance or allergen comes in contact with our body but when the same reaction happens all over our body things can get quite serious. A person who is having Anaphylaxis reaction will have chemicals released in their bodies, and this will lower the blood pressure causing asthma attacks.

Causes:

Some of the allergens include insect bites such as a sing from a bee, yellow jackets, hornets, fire ants etc. Medications and even food can cause such allergic reactions.

Symptoms:

The symptoms of the reaction can be seen within minutes of beginning exposed to the allergen. However, at times it can take up to 30 minutes for the symptoms to occur.

Some of the signs and symptoms include severe itching of skin, low blood pressure, swollen tongue or throat, difficulty in breathing, asthma attacks, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, diarrhoea, rapid pulse etc.

Diagnosis:

Once the patient is taken to the doctor, he/she will ask the patient if they have had such allergic reactions previously. To confirm the diagnosis, you might be brought in for a blood test to check the enzyme level in the blood. You might also be taken in for skin tests which will help the doctors to determine the trigger.

 

Treatment:

Anaphylaxis attack can lower your blood pressure and can even make you choke to death. To help patients to breathe normally, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is done. Medications such as Epinephrine are given to reduce the response to the allergic substance. Cortisone is given to reduce the inflammation of air passages so that the patient will be able to breathe properly. Albuterol is given to help the patient to breathe easily.

Long-term treatment:

A series of allergy shots will help a person’s body to have a reduced allergic response and thus have reduced allergic reactions in the body. But this is mainly for insect sting trigger and other cases there are no treatments.

Once you are aware that you are allergic to certain things it is advisable to stay away with similar things and avoid all the triggers. If you know that you are prone to having such allergic reactions you might want to carry an auto-injector which can provide your body with the necessary epinephrine to slow down the allergic reactions.

Coping with the reactions:

Having such a life-threatening response to allergens is quite frightening. Having an emergency action plan will help you not to panic in an emergency situation. If you happen to have such severe reactions, consult your doctor and get a step by step procedure on what to do during such an event. Make several copies of the procedure and give it to your friends or family members so that they can take the necessary actions.

What is Anaphylaxis?

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Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction which is often severe and affects the entire body. The allergic reaction spreads to the entire body very quickly. These reactions are not normal allergies; they are life-threatening allergies which are caused due to food, insect stings, medications etc.

Whenever an allergic substance comes in contact with our body, our immune system reacts to the substance by releasing chemicals which will cause various allergic symptoms, and such reactions are said to occur only in one part of the body. But when it comes to Anaphylaxis, the allergic response affects most parts of the body. Due to the severity of this allergic reaction, immediate medical treatment has to be given, or else it can even be fatal.

When the antibodies react with the allergen, their body releases chemical substances like histamine, and these chemicals react with the blood causing the blood vessels to swell and creating low pressure. The person’s lungs get affected and start to have an asthma attack, and as the pressure decrease, the bronchiole tissues begin to swell, the blood vessels leak and make the person collapse and choke.

Causes:

Most of the allergies we get aren’t life-threatening. But when allergic reactions happen all over your body, you might end up in a severe condition. Some of the common triggers include peanuts, fish, milk, shellfish, tree nut etc. Some of the triggers from insects include sting from bees, wasps, fire ants, hornets etc.

Anaphylaxis can also be triggered by medications such as antibiotics, aspirin, painkillers etc. Some people might even develop severe allergic reactions even when they do severe physical exercises. Sometimes eating specific food before or after aerobic exercises can also trigger such allergies. One needs to consult with the doctor and figure out which substance they need to avoid.

Risk Factors:

If you have had Anaphylaxis previously, you are more likely to get it again with more severe reactions than the first allergic reaction. Thus one needs to be extremely careful if they have previously come across such severe allergic reactions as they are prone to happen again. If you are a person, who has asthma you are likely to be affected by Anaphylaxis.

Complications:

The allergic reaction is life-threatening. If you are too careless, you can even risk your life, and a simple allergy will choke you to death.

Prevention:

One of the best ways to prevent anaphylaxis is to avoid coming in contact with the allergic substance. One can also wear a medical alert bracelet or a necklace which would alert the ambulance when you are in an Anaphylaxis attack. Always keep an emergency medical kit with you and inform the doctors immediately. Even if you don’t happen to be allergic to a particular substance, you might want to be careful and avoid coming into contact with that object.

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