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Health Information For Parents
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction. Things that can cause allergic reactions are called allergens.
Anaphylaxis (an-eh-fil-AK-siss) most often happens during allergic reactions to:
Anaphylaxis can be scary. But being prepared will help you treat a reaction quickly.
Allergic reactions can cause:
Anaphylaxis can cause different symptoms at different times. It’s considered anaphylaxis if someone has:
The person needs treatment right away.
Someone with anaphylaxis needs help right away. The reaction can get worse very quickly. So doctors usually want people with allergies to carry injectable medicine called epinephrine. Epinephrine enters the bloodstream and works quickly against serious allergy symptoms.
Doctors prescribe epinephrine auto injectors. These should always be with the child with allergies, including at school, sports, jobs, and other activities. The auto injector is small and easy to use.
If the doctor prescribes epinephrine for your child, the doctor will show you how to use it. Two auto injectors should always be with your child in case one injector does not work or your child needs a second dose.
Your doctor also might instruct you to give your child antihistamines in certain cases. But always treat a serious reaction with epinephrine. Never use antihistamines instead of epinephrine in serious reactions.
Seconds count during anaphylaxis. If your child shows signs of a serious allergic reaction:
Serious allergies can be alarming. But you can help keep your child safe. Be sure to:
Being prepared for an allergy emergency will help you, your child, and other caregivers respond in the event of a serious reaction.
Although most allergic reactions aren’t serious, severe reactions can be life-threatening and can require immediate medical attention.
Food allergies can cause serious and even deadly reactions in kids, so it’s important to know how to feed a child with food allergies and to prevent reactions.
Insect sting allergies can cause serious reactions. Find out how to keep kids safe.
Millions of Americans, including many kids, have an allergy. Find out how allergies are diagnosed and how to keep them under control.
Knowing what to expect when you need to take your child to the emergency room can help make it a little less stressful.
Imagine if you were always sneezing because you were allergic to something.
Shellfish allergies can be serious – and shellfish can appear in some surprising foods and products. Read about shellfish allergy and what to do when a reaction is severe.
Most bug bites and stings are just annoying. But some can cause infections and allergic reactions. It’s important to know what to watch for, and when to get medical attention.
Being stung by a bug is often just irritating and doesn’t require medical treatment. But kids who are highly allergic to stings may need emergency medical care.
Many kids battle allergies year-round, and some can’t control their symptoms with medications. For them, allergy shots (or allergen immunotherapy) can help.
Hives cause raised red bumps or welts on the skin. They’re pretty common and usually not serious. Find out what to do about hives in this article for teens.
Quick action is essential during a serious allergic reaction. It helps to remind yourself of action steps so they become second nature if there’s an emergency. Here’s what to do.
A person with severe allergies can be at risk for a sudden, serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. This reaction can seem scary, but the good news is it can be treated.
Doctors are diagnosing more and more people with food allergies. Knowing what to expect and how to deal with food allergies can make a big difference in preventing serious illness.
Struggling with strawberries? Petrified of peanuts? Sorry you ate shellfish? Maybe you have a food allergy. Find out more in this article for kids.
Shellfish allergy can cause serious reactions. Find out common symptoms of allergic reactions and how to respond.
A growing number of kids are allergic to nuts and peanuts. Find out more about this problem and how allergic kids can stay healthy.
Doctors use several different types of allergy tests, depending on what a person may be allergic to. Find out what to expect from allergy tests.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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