The Importance of Anaphylaxis Treatment
Allergies are a part of life for millions of people. Knowing what you should do if the allergies get out of control, or if there is an anaphylaxis response to an allergy, can save lives.
Anaphylaxis symptoms, like allergy symptoms, can involve many reactions, ranging from itching and hives to swelling of the throat, face or lips, or even swelling so severe that it restricts airways. Confusion, abdominal reactions, dizziness and fainting are also possible reactions. When two or more symptoms occur together, it may be an anaphylaxis reaction.
Anaphylaxis reactions require immediate medical attention, otherwise they may be fatal. Even if the symptoms seem to be mild, if more than one part of the body is involved, it is very possible the reaction could become so severe that if treatment isn't given, death could occur.
Anaphylaxis treatment can begin while you are waiting for medical help. Using an EpiPen, if the person has one, may alleviate symptoms, and even save a life. If there is no EpiPen, using an inhaler with Albuterol or another rescue inhaler, or taking an allergy medication with the ingredient Diphenhydramine, such as Benadryl, can help cut down on the severity of the symptoms.
No matter what sort of anaphylaxis treatment you use, there is still the need for medical intervention. The possibility is there that symptoms could return a few hours after the initial attack. Being prepared and getting help can prevent it from getting out of control
If you or anyone in your family has experienced any allergic reaction that involves any of the symptoms of anaphylaxis, you may want to ask your doctor about a prescription for an EpiPen. If you have asthma from allergies, you are at increased risk of having an anaphylactic reaction. Keeping a rescue inhaler and getting an EpiPen may be the thing that will one day save your life.
Being quick to react in any medical emergency saves lives every day. If you think someone is having an anaphylaxis attack, make sure you act quickly to help them get the treatment they need. Approximately 400 people die each year from anaphylaxis. Many of these deaths could be prevented if treatment were sought immediately. Waiting it out to see if symptoms get better or worse can lead to shock and even death.
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