Three-Step Allergy Emergency Action Plan

By

Denise Mann, MS

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If you or someone you love has serious allergies, you know that potentially life-threatening anaphylactic reactions can come on quickly – sometimes with little warning even with the most diligent prevention.

Anaphylaxis is the medical name for a severe, full-body allergic reaction. Common causes may include foods (especially peanuts), medications, insect stings and latex. Symptoms can present immediately after exposure to the allergen or hours later. Anaphylaxis may occur in one in 50 Americans during the course of their lifetime, and this may be an underestimate, according to a study in the Feb. 2014 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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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