Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening extreme allergic reaction to some allergen. The underlying cause is an allergy to some substance. The cause may be a bee sting (or other insect sting), certain foods, certain plants, certain drugs/medications, or other chemicals or toxins. The onset is very rapid and may ...

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Introduction: Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that involves more than one organ system (for example, skin, respiratory tract, and/or gastrointestinal tract). It can begin very rapidly, and symptoms may be severe or life-threatening. Causes The most common causes ...1

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Symptoms of Anaphylaxis

Signs and Symptoms:  Anaphylaxis can affect multiple organ systems including respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and cutaneous (skin) systems. As a result, a variety of symptoms may be experienced.  The signs and symptoms as stated on the ASCIA Action Plan are as ...2

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Complications of Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis should always be treated as a medical emergency. Left untreated, anaphylaxis can be life threatening. ...Source: NHS Choices UK3 ...

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Causes of Anaphylaxis

The most common causes are reactions to foods (especially peanuts), medications, and stinging insects. Other causes include exercise and exposure to latex. Sometimes no cause can be found. ...Source: MedLinePlus (NIH)4 ...

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Causes List for Anaphylaxis

Some possible causes of Anaphylaxis or similar disorders may include:5

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Treatments: Anaphylaxis

Treatment:  An anaphylactic reaction is a life-threatening allergic reaction and should be considered a medical emergency, call 000. Treatment requires an injection of adrenaline. A patient with a history of anaphylaxis may carry an adrenaline autoinjector device called an ...6

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Prevention of Anaphylaxis

Prevention:  In order to prevent future allergic reactions, avoidance of the particular allergen is recommended. Allergy testing may be performed by a clinical immunology/allergy specialist, to identify the allergen/s causing anaphylaxis. For insect allergy, some people may be ...7

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References

  1. Source: NIAID (NIH): niaid.nih.gov/ topics/ anaphylaxis/ Pages/ default.aspx
  2. Source: Queensland Health: conditions.health.qld.gov.au/ HealthCondition/ condition/ 1/ 25/ 5/ anaphylaxis
  3. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ snake-bites/ 
  4. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ anaphylaxis.html
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: Queensland Health: conditions.health.qld.gov.au/ HealthCondition/ condition/ 1/ 25/ 5/ anaphylaxis
  7. ibid.

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