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Anaphylaxis Treatment

Anaphylaxis reactions can be life threatening, and too often, they are waited out or ignored all together, possibly without ever being mentioned to a doctor. If you have allergies or even have sensitivity to a food, medication, certain insect stings or bites, or latex, you have the potential to experience an anaphylactic reaction.

The anaphylactic reaction can be deadly if very severe or left untreated. Knowing what the symptoms are and how to treat them may end up saving your life or the life of a loved one. The symptoms can involve different parts of your body and are considered an anaphylaxis attack if there are two or more areas involved, such as skin and abdominal reactions or swelling and skin reactions. Symptoms should not be ignored or waited out to see if they get better. There is no way to know if it is going to be a severe reaction until it may be too late to stop it.

Swelling of the face, lips, throat, hands or feet, itching with redness or hives, tingling sensation, an unexplainable feeling of warmth, abdominal distress, confusion, fear, anxiety, dizziness and fainting are some of the possible signals that someone is having an anaphylaxis reaction.

Anaphylaxis treatment should begin with an EpiPen if you have one. This is an injectable medication that will help prevent the person from going into shock and help alleviate symptoms. The ingredient in EpiPen is epinephrine, which is typically used for severe allergic reactions. If there is no EpiPen available, treating the individual symptoms may help. Using a rescue inhaler, such as Albuterol, will help with any respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, and restricted airways from swelling in the throat. Taking a medication containing Diphenhydramine, such as Benadryl, will help with allergy symptoms such as swelling, hives, itching and redness.

When someone is experiencing any combination of anaphylaxis symptoms, involving two or more types of symptoms, acting fast to get the medical attention needed and using what you can to alleviate the symptoms can prevent a life threatening situation.

If you or one of your family members has ever experienced symptoms that you suspect are indicative of an anaphylaxis reaction, make sure they are mentioned to the doctor. A prescription may be warranted for an EpiPen for possible future reactions.

If you have allergies it is a good idea to know how to treat anaphylaxis and also to educate those you spend time with. Knowing what to do in an emergency and acting quickly may end up saving your life, or the life of a loved one.

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