Anaphylaxis Allergic Reaction

by Shaun Damon

Anaphylaxis is initiated by insect poison, food, latex and medications. It is a fatal reaction in response to allergy. Antibodies are released on the attack of an invader or foreign substance, by the body. These bind with the allergy causing substance or allergens, resulting in the production of certain chemicals that bring about certain allergic reactions, such as running nose, watery eyes and so on. Severe reaction of the antibodies with the allergen results in anaphylaxis.

Constriction of the airway passage or the bronchial tubes results in breathing difficulties and hypotension is also seen. An anaphylactic reaction is seen, immediately after allergen exposure, such as a pollen or bee sting. The risk of an anaphylactic reaction is reduced, though life threatening. Emergency medications are of great help at times of need. Anaphylactic reaction is not restricted to the affected area. The following symptoms determine an anaphylactic response, such as dizziness, pale skin, diarrhea, wheezing, hives, vomiting and nausea, shock, change in pace of pulse and loss of consciousness.

Foods, namely, eggs, milk, pecans, shellfish, walnuts, fish and peanuts cause anaphylaxis. In certain cases, the cause remains unidentified. Penicillin and insect stings from wasps, bees, fire ants, homets and yellow jackets are also equally responsible. The risk of an anaphylactic shock is more in people with asthma and allergy and those who have previously experienced anaphylaxis. An immunologist and allergy specialist proves to be of great help.

Skin or blood tests reveal any allergic response to the causative factors. Ways to prevent further anaphylactic reactions are understood. A checklist of food intake helps in analyzing the causative factor. The most common medication involves epinephrine. An auto-injector is helpful in administering the drug by one’s own self. It can be of great help at times of emergency. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is performed by a panel of experts at the necessary time. Cortisone and antihistamines are administered intravenously to improvise breathing and to reduce the airway passage inflammation.

Allergy to certain medications can be made obvious by wearing a medical alert bracelet. Avoid the intake of foodstuffs, proven harmful previously. Clarifying drug allergies to any doctor, prior to treatment is helpful. A well-designed emergency kit with an auto injector and appropriate medicines comes handy in emergency situations. Expiry date of the medicines is regularly checked. Wait for about half an hour after receiving any high dosage medicine to check for any anaphylactic reaction. Remember to wear your sandals, before stepping out especially, when sensitive to insect bites. Reading food labels is important, as it helps in making right food choices.

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