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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is anaphylaxis?

A severe allergic reaction that affects the whole body. It can be life-threatening due to low blood pressure and swelling of the airway (preventing breathing). Anaphylaxis can be triggered by many things including foods, insect stings, and medications.

Symptoms related to anaphylaxis

  • Insect sting or injury from animals

  • Possible contact with an allergy trigger

  • Bitten by insect in the last 1 week

  • Redness in the affected area

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Hoarse voice

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Pain worsens when area is pressed

Questions your doctor may ask to check for anaphylaxis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose anaphylaxis

  • Have you been bitten, scratched, stung by bugs (ex. bees) or animals (ex. dogs, cats, wild animals)

  • Have you had contacted with anything that may cause or is known to cause allergic reactions?

  • Were you get bitten or stung by an insect?

  • Is the affected area red?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

Treatment for anaphylaxis

This requires emergency medical care. The first step of treatment is with an epinephrine (adrenaline) injection - patients who have had anaphylaxis before may have their own devices ("epi-pens") on them.

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