Facts About Anaphylaxis
Posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Did You Know? Allergies have increased by 50% in the U.S.
Anaphylaxis Occurs in About 1 in 20 Americans
At Least 40 Deaths Occur Each Year Due to Insect Sting Reactions
Most allergy sufferers develop mild to moderate symptoms including watery eyes, a runny nose or a rash. However, for some, exposure to an allergen can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.
This resource has been design to educate patients on what anaphylaxis is, symptoms, common triggers and Be S.A.F.E action steps.
01 | What is Anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis is a severe reaction that occurs when an over-release of chemicals puts a person into shock. Allergies to food, insect stings, medications and latex are most frequently associated with anaphylaxis.
02 | Symptoms
Anaphylactic symptoms can occur suddenly and can progress quickly from mild to severe. Symptoms include:
- Trouble breathing
- Hives or swelling
- Tightness of the throat
- Hoarse voice
- Abdominal pain
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid heart beat
- Feeling of doom
- Cardiac arrest
03 | Triggers
Allergic triggers vary, the most common triggers include:
- Food: including peanuts, tree nuts such as walnuts and pecans, fish, shellfish, cow’s milk and eggs.
- Latex: found in disposable gloves, intravenous tubes, syringes, adhesive tapes and catheters.
- Medication: including penicillin, aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, and anesthesia.
- Insect sting: with bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants
04 | Be S.A.F.E. Action Guide
Allergists and emergency physicians have created the Be S.A.F.E. action guide to outline the steps to take during and after an allergic emergency.
S - Seek immediate medical help
A - Identify the Allergen
F - Follow up with a specialist
E - Carry Epinephrine for emergencies
For more additional anaphylaxis resources and information, please visit: http://www.foodallergy.org/most-popular-resources