It is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death. It causes more than one of the following: an itchy rash, throat or tongue swelling, shortness of breath, vomiting, light headedness, and low BP. These symptoms come on over minutes to hours.
HOW IS ANAPHYLAXIS DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of Anaphylaxis can be done by a general physician with the help of a visual and physical examination as well as questions pertaining to the triggers which may include a wasp or insect bite. Also, the diagnosis may involve skin testing to find any trace of the allergy causing substance on the skin.
HOW IS ANAPHYLAXIS TREATED?
There is one primary treatment for Anaphylaxis which is Epinephrine or adrenaline injection. It has rapid and quick results for instant relief. It reverses the anaphylactic symptoms quickly. It can be given intramuscularly into the thigh of the patient. Other treatments include steroids and antihistamines.
DID YOU KNOW?
It is best advised to wear a medical alert bracelet or pendant that identifies your allergy for emergency cases and it could be lifesaving. Staying away from the triggers to the allergy is the best way to prevent it. It occurs majorly to young males and females.