Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction that appears quickly and demands immediate emergency medical attention. Our expert team at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates in Tampa and Brandon, Florida, encourages you to seek treatment for your allergies so that we can determine your risk and make sure you’re prepared for anaphylactic emergencies with auto-injectable epinephrine. You should also see the team after having an anaphylactic reaction. Call the nearest office today or connect online to request an appointment.
Anaphylaxis is a dangerously severe allergic reaction that develops quickly, progresses rapidly, and turns life-threatening without immediate medical care.
Allergic reactions happen when your immune system releases chemicals. In a typical allergic response, the chemicals cause symptoms in one body area, like sneezing and congestion or a skin rash.
You have an anaphylactic reaction when the chemicals affect several body systems.
Any allergy can trigger anaphylaxis. However, your risk is highest if you’re allergic to:
In some cases, anaphylaxis will be your first allergic reaction.
Anaphylaxis can strike anyone at any age. The symptoms often begin within seconds or minutes after exposure to your allergen. But they could take five to 30 minutes to appear. Even if your first reaction is mild, the next one could be severe.
Anaphylaxis causes many symptoms, including:
At the first sign of anaphylaxis, it’s essential to use an epinephrine pen (if you have one) and call 911.
Your Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates provider performs allergy testing (if you haven’t already been tested) to reveal your specific allergens. Then they recommend treatment to reduce your allergic response and prepare you for anaphylactic reactions.
Anaphylaxis treatment includes:
Avoiding your allergens is vital for food allergies. Your provider also recommends steps to lower your risk of anaphylaxis by limiting your exposure to all allergens.
Allergy shots lower your risk of anaphylaxis by reducing your allergic response to insect venom. They also treat airborne allergens like pollen, dust mites, and mold.
Injecting epinephrine (and then seeking emergency medical care) is the primary treatment. Your provider prescribes an auto-injectable epinephrine pen and teaches you how to use it. You should always keep the pen with you and use it at the first sign of anaphylaxis.
You should always see the Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates team after recovering from an anaphylactic reaction. Call the nearest office right away or request an appointment online.