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Anaphylaxis Specialist

South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group -  - Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialist

South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group

Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Physicians located in San Jose, Los Gatos, Mountain View, and Redwood City

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening condition that can occur if you have a severe allergy. It’s vital to prevent anaphylaxis wherever possible and prepare in advance in case you experience an attack, which the experts at South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group can help you with. They can diagnose the cause of your allergy and use the latest treatment methods to reduce the risk of anaphylaxis and keep you safe. Call one of the convenient locations in San Jose, Los Gatos, Mountain View, or Redwood City, California, to find out more or book an appointment online.

Anaphylaxis Q & A

What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is the name for a severe allergic reaction. Some of the symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • Urticaria (hives)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Throat tightness
  • Drooling

You might lose consciousness or feel dizzy and light-headed when you have anaphylaxis and develop rapid swelling of your throat, tongue, mouth, face, or hands and feet.

Your blood pressure might fall, and your heart rate can slow down as you go into shock. Without treatment, anaphylaxis can lead to severe illness and even death within minutes.

What causes anaphylaxis?

There are many different things that can cause anaphylaxis. Some of the more common causes are severe allergic reactions to:

  • Certain food
  • Medications
  • Allergy shots

Some people develop anaphylaxis from more unusual causes, like sunlight or low temperatures, or even exercise.

In some cases, it’s not known what causes anaphylaxis.

If you’ve experienced symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, it’s possible that you are vulnerable to anaphylaxis. 

It’s useful to know whether you had contact with anything that you know you have an allergy to, or if you’re aware of anything different you might have been in contact with around the time of the attack.

How is anaphylaxis treated?

If you or someone you’re with develops anaphylaxis, injectable epinephrine can stop the reaction, and could well be life-saving. If you know you could get anaphylaxis, you should carry an EpiPen® at all times.

You should always use an EpiPen rather than an antihistamine like Benadryl for a severe allergic reaction. If you don’t have an EpiPen when an attack of anaphylaxis occurs, call 911.

Other therapies that could be helpful in addition to epinephrine for some people include:

  • Antihistamines
  • Steroids
  • IV fluids
  • Breathing treatments
  • Blood pressure medications

The treatment you receive depends on the severity of your allergic reaction.

How can I avoid anaphylaxis?

If you know you’re allergic to a specific substance like a medication or food, take care to avoid any potential exposures. You also need to wear a medical ID bracelet so other people can see what your allergies are if you suffer an attack of anaphylaxis.

The experts at South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group have specialist training in the diagnosis and management of anaphylaxis. They can help you find out what’s causing your reaction, how to live with it, and how to prevent it from recurring.

Call South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group today to find out more or book an appointment online.