Anaphylaxis is a life taking and most dangerous form of allergic reaction. In this allergic reaction most of body organs such as heart, muscles, respiratory and intestine are affected and can take up to 25 minutes to 1 hour to get seized. After being exposed to allergen such as drug allergies, injections or bee stings, the person’s immune system becomes sensitized to it. When the person is exposed again to these, an allergic reaction is occurred. In serious conditions person go into shock. If this shock isn’t treated it can be fatal.
Symptoms of Anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis symptoms are easily detectable as they can be seen with naked eye and it reverses the properties of immune system. Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include:
- Breathing problems.
- Swollen face.
- Constant coughing.
- Abdominal pain.
- Red itchy skin.
- Swelling of throat and mouth.
Anaphylaxis Shock Symptoms
Anaphylaxis shock occurs when the affected person’s body develops a fighting antibody called IgE (immunoglobulin E). It causes a normally harmless substance to be inappropriate for the body and wrongly perceived it as a threat to the body. Further with time these antibodies combine with harmless substance and results in development of Histamine protein which causes lowered blood pressure, dilated blood vessels and swellings etc.
Causes of Anaphylaxis
Children under 10 years of age are more open to these allergies. The most common anaphylaxis causing substance is none other than food. It is very important to understand that even small amount of food in case of some people is life threatening. Parents and school can assist children who have this problem. Anaphylaxis can also be caused due to extensive exercise, drugs medication and even by inhaling pollens. Moreover if little amount of allergic provoking substance is in direct contact with the skin and causes a significant reaction then people exposed to large amount may suffer serious fatal condition. Adrenaline auto-injectors is the first aid for people who are believed to be at risk. It basically reverses the symptoms of anaphylaxis and help person to live.