What Is Anaphylaxis?
- Anaphylaxis is a serious, deadly allergic reaction.
- Takes place in response to an allergen.
- Anaphylaxis discharges several chemicals within the body.
- After being exposed to an allergen, a reaction can occur within seconds or minutes.
- Statically it occurs in about 30 people per every 100,000 each year.
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What Causes Anaphylaxis?
- Reactions from certain food like eggs, fish, nuts, milk.
- Reactions from certain insect stings like bees etc.
- Certain inoculations.
- Medicines like antibiotics or sedatives.
- Certain plants and animals.
- Some causes are never known.
What Are The Symptoms Of Anaphylaxis?
- There is generally a burning or hot sensation.
- The skin might start to itch and a rash will form.
- The mouth and throat will be inflamed and swell-up.
- The airways will become tight.
- There will be a reduced level of oxygen in the brain.
- There will be symptoms of asthma.
- Person will feel nauseous.
- Stomach cramps will be experienced.
- The lungs start to fill up with fluid.
- Blood pressure will drop.
- The person will feel like they want to faint.
- Loss of consciousness.
Who Is In Danger Of Suffering From Anaphylaxis
- People who have a severe food allergy.
- Those people who have family that have allergic reactions.
- Individuals who have previously had an anaphylactic reaction before.
- If nauseous, the best position would be to lie on your side.
- If you are feeling weak, lie down with your legs raised.
- If you have problems with breathing, sitting up will be easier.
- People suffering from anaphylaxis for the first time should be treated by an expert straightaway.
- Constant supervision is required.
- The treatment required depends on how bad the anaphylaxis is and if any previous episodes have been experienced.
Prevention Of Anaphylaxis
- Stay away from those things that can cause a reaction.
- Notify the teachers, if your kid is at risk.
- Kids should always have allergy tags attached to their arm.
- Emergency practices are required in schools and places of work.
- Enlightening the community is vital.