What I Tell Parents About Treatment for Anaphylaxis

By

Laura E. Marusinec, MD    

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Often, parents find out their child has serious allergies only when he or she experiences anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction. Symptoms can progress rapidly after exposure to an allergen (the thing that triggers the reaction) such as food, insect stings, and medications. Children with anaphylaxis commonly have swelling of the airway, trouble breathing, hives, itching, and vomiting. If not treated, anaphylaxis can cause low blood pressure, loss of consciousness, and even death. As an urgent care pediatrician, I am part of a team that may treat your child.

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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