- Conditions Treated
- Patient Portal
There are many types of allergens – such as bee stings, medications, dust, or pollen – that can cause allergic reactions. Reactions to allergens can range from a mild case of hives, itching, or sneezing to severe, life-threatening anaphylaxis. Allergic reaction to food is the most common cause of anaphylaxis. Some of the food allergens that account for the majority of food allergies are tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish. Individuals with both asthma and a food allergy are at greater risk for anaphylaxis.
Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening type of allergic reaction that can stop your breathing or heart from beating. The reaction is an acute response to an allergen in which the body has developed a hypersensitivity. Anaphylaxis can occur within seconds or minutes, and even up to an hour or longer of being exposed to an allergen.
An anaphylaxis reaction involves more than one system and can affect several areas of the body, including breathing and blood circulation. Common signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include:
Do not wait to see if symptoms will go away. Seek emergency medical help immediately if you or someone you are around is experiencing a severe allergic reaction. Administer an epinephrine auto-injector or EpiPen right away, if the person having the anaphylaxis reaction carries one. Epinephrine is a medication that can help reverse the symptoms of anaphylaxis. Go to the emergency room even if the symptoms start to improve after the injection to ensure the symptoms do not recur.
Diagnosing and long-term management of anaphylaxis can be complicated and will need a specialist in allergies and immunology. If you’re looking for a specialist to help you manage your allergy, contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group. The doctors at Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group will work to diagnose and develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and allergy triggers. Call our office at 805-658-9500 to set up an appointment. Let us help you prevent a life-threatening anaphylaxis reaction today!