(Severe Allergic Reaction)
Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
- Anaphylaxis facts
- Introduction to anaphylaxis
- What is the history of anaphylaxis?
- How common is anaphylaxis?
- What are common causes of anaphylaxis?
- What are the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis?
- What happens after the symptoms begin?
- Are there any disorders that appear similar to anaphylaxis?
- How is anaphylaxis diagnosed?
- How do we manage anaphylaxis?
- What are emergency measures used in the treatment of anaphylaxis?
- Can anaphylaxis be prevented?
- Patient Comments: Anaphylaxis - Possible Causes
- Patient Comments: Anaphylaxis - Diagnosis
- Patient Comments: Anaphylaxis - Symptoms and Signs
- Patient Comments: Anaphylaxis - Describe Your Experience
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- Anaphylaxis is the most severe allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening.
- Anaphylaxis is rare. The vast majority of people will never have an anaphylactic reaction.
- The most common causes of anaphylaxis include drugs, such as penicillin, insect stings, foods, X-ray dye, latex, and exercise.
- The symptoms of anaphylaxis may vary and can include hives, tongue swelling, vomiting, and even shock.
- If you are at risk, avoidance is the best form of treatment.
- If you have a history of serious allergic reaction, always have an epinephrine kit available; it could save your life.
Introduction to anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis refers to a rapidly developing and serious allergic reaction that affects a number of different body systems at one time. Severe anaphylactic reactions can be fatal. Although many patients experience minor allergy symptoms, a small number of people are susceptible to a severe reaction that can lead to shock or even death.
Anaphylaxis is often triggered by substances that are injected or ingested and thereby gain access into the bloodstream. An explosive reaction involving the skin, lungs, nose, throat, and gastrointestinal tract can then result. Although severe cases of anaphylaxis can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure and be fatal if untreated, many reactions are milder and can be ended with prompt medical therapy.
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