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Health Information For Teens
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction. Things that can cause allergic reactions are called allergens.
Anaphylaxis (pronounced: 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.
auto injectors. These should always be with the person with allergies, including at school, sports, jobs, and other activities. The auto injector is small and easy to use.
If you’re prescribed epinephrine, the doctor will show you how to use it. Always have two auto injectors with you in case one doesn’t work or you need a second dose.
Your doctor also might instruct you to take antihistamines in some cases. But always treat a serious reaction with epinephrine. Never use antihistamines instead of epinephrine in serious reactions.
Give yourself epinephrine right away if you start to:
Don’t try to use an inhaler or antihistamine and wait to see what happens. Go straight for the epinephrine! Seconds count during anaphylaxis.
If you have signs of a serious allergic reaction:
Being prepared can help you stay safe:
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.
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.
Generally, insect bites and stings are harmless. Find out how to keep pests from ruining your fun.
Peanuts are one of the most common allergy-causing foods, and they often find their way into things you wouldn’t imagine. Learn the facts on living with a nut or peanut allergy.
Although food allergies are more common than ever, people who have them may feel different or embarrassed. A good friend can really help.
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.
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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