Understanding Anaphylaxis

Perhaps one of the most worrisome concerns for people suffering from allergies or asthma is the threat of anaphylaxis. This is a life threatening condition and one that can lead to long term limitations even when it is treated. Avoiding this is crucial, but it is never easy to understand or treat. Anaphylaxis is a life threatening condition and a type of allergic reaction to a substance. However, every individual’s triggers for this type of risk are different. Working with an allergy doctor, it is possible to understand your risks and minimize your potential risks.

What Causes Anaphylaxis?

In short, this condition occurs when the entire body reacts to a chemical that is ingested or otherwise comes into contact with it. Anaphylaxis is a very severe reaction. In most cases, the body has developed an allergy to that substance and, when exposed, a very severe reaction occurs. Keep in mind that some instances of anaphylaxis is actually brought on by poison, such as venom or a chemical added to the body. Technically, your body is allergic to these substances, but they are also substances that will impact all people.

When you are exposed to this substance, such as a bee sting, your body’s immune system reacts to it. The initial instance in which exposure occurs, the body’s immune system becomes sensitized to it. Then, when it occurs again, that exposure creates an allergic reaction. Anaphylaxis generally begins to occur right away as the exposure occurs. And, the entire body can be impacted.

The tissues throughout the body react to the exposure. They release histamines and other substances that cause the airways throughout the body to tighten up. And, this creates additional symptoms.

There are many types of substances that can cause this type of reaction. In some cases, the problem is brought on by a drug. Foods, insect bites, insect stings and even pollen can cause this type of reaction in some people. It is rare for pollen or other allergies like it to cause these advanced symptoms.Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis requires immediate treatment in an emergency room. The condition will cause abdominal pain, anxiety, difficulty breathing, coughing, chest discomfort, difficulty with swallowing, hives, and dizziness.

If you need emergency help, call 911. If you are worried about these symptoms and want help for treating your condition, schedule a consultation with our New York City allergist to take steps to reduce your risks.

Call our offices at 212-319-5282 to schedule an appointment.

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