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How to Manage an Anaphylactic Shock ? – A Life Threatening Allergic Reaction

Anaphylaxis, also known as anaphylactic shock is an allergic reaction that can be life-threatening. In most cases, anaphylaxis you need an immediate help:

People at high Risk of Anaphylaxis:

If you’ve already had an allergic reaction, you’re at risk of anaphylaxis. Not all allergic reactions lend uto in an anaphylactic shock .Allergic reactions that might put you at risk are:

  • food allergies to milk, shellfish, soy, egg, peanut, and tree nuts
  • allergies to medicines like penicillin
  • insect bite or sting allergies

Less common causes of a reaction are:

  • a latex allergy
  • prior anaphylactic shock
  • exercise

Symptoms include:

  • itchy skin or hives
  • a runny nose or sneezing
  • an itchy mouth, throat, trouble swallowing, or swollen lips and tongue
  • swollen limbs
  • coughing
  • cramps or diarrhea
  • vomiting

Some symptoms of anaphylaxis need emergency treatment, including:

  • shortness of breath or a closed airway
  • chest pains or tightness in the chest
  • low blood pressure
  • a weak and rapid pulse
  • dizziness or passing out
  • confusion

Symptoms of anaphylactic shock can worsen very quickly. Treatment is needed within 30 to 60 minutes because symptoms sometimes can be fatal.

Events that can Happen nearby Anaphylaxis :

  • Symptoms show up minutes after you touch or eat the thing you are allergic to.
  • A number of symptoms appear at the same time. For example, a rash, swelling, and vomiting.
  • The first set of symptoms goes away, but then comes back eight hours to 72 hours later.
  • A single reaction continues for many hours.



Make sure the person is comfortable. Raise their legs to help blood flow. If the person stops breathing, give CPR and other first aid until help arrives.

Many people with severe allergies have been given an epinephrine auto-injector. This can help treat the symptoms of a reaction.

Epinephrine (or adrenaline) is often used to treat anaphylaxis. It’s given through an auto-injector, which contains a needle that can give one dose of adrenaline at a time. The site for the injection is usually the outer thigh muscle.

After the injection, the person’s symptoms should improve quickly. If not, a second injection may be needed. You will still need to see a doctor for further treatment.

How to Prevent:

The best way of stopping anaphylaxis is to avoid allergy triggers: foods or other things you’re allergic to. Your doctor can help you figure out your allergy triggers with simple tests such as a skin prick test or a blood test.

A doctor can then give you advice for cutting out your allergy triggers. This will all help you avoid an allergic reaction and anaphylaxis.

Make an anaphylaxis action plan. That is, give people in your life a guide on what to do if you suffer an anaphylactic shock. Your action plan should contain information on the symptoms of anaphylaxis and provide advice for what to do in case of emergency.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) has developed a template you can use to write down details about your allergy, medication, emergency contact numbers, and what steps to take in case of anaphylaxis.


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