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Anaphylactic Reaction Overview

Another name for Anaphylactic Reaction is Anaphylaxis.

What is anaphylaxis?
A person with anaphylaxis has a life-threatening allergic reaction that causes severe difficulty breathing, airway swelling, and low blood pressure. Common triggers for anaphylaxis include bee stings, peanut allergies, sulfite allergies, and medication allergies. Anaphylaxis causes a serious low blood pressure condition, known as shock.

What are the symptoms of anaphylaxis?
Common symptoms of anaphylaxis include faintness, excessive sweating, rapid pulse, wheezing, low blood pressure, urticaria, and hives.

How does the doctor treat anaphylaxis?
Treatment for anaphylaxis may include epinephrine injections, antihistamines, corticosteroids, and other medications that diminish the allergic response. Allergy shots may be helpful in some individuals.

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Last Updated: Sep 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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