Signs and Symptoms of an Allergy Emergency


Cindy Kuzma

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Each year, severe allergic reactions send an estimated 30,000 people to the emergency room and cause 150 deaths. Swift action can make the difference between a minor incident and a hospitalization—or worse.

Knowing the warning signs of anaphylaxis—a severe, life-threatening allergic emergency—can help you act fast. If you or a loved one develops these signs, seek immediate medical attention. People with known food, medication, or insect allergies should carry epinephrine, a shot that can counter an anaphylactic reaction. But they should still receive treatment after getting the shot because symptoms can return.

Anaphylaxis can be frightening, but being prepared will help you feel empowered to prevent a dangerous allergic reaction. Do you know all the facts?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015

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