Knowing you may experience a life-threatening reaction can be frightening and overwhelming. At Clear Allergy in Culver City, California, experienced allergy specialists, Katie Marks-Cogan, MD, FACAAI, and Raffi Tachdjian, MD, MPH, FAAAAI, understand how the threat of anaphylaxis can impact your life. To ensure you enjoy a long, healthy life, the doctors offer on-site allergy testing and customized emergency treatment plans to help you cope with the risks of anaphylaxis. Learn how to prevent these severe allergic emergencies by calling the office or booking a consultation online.
Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening reaction that can occur when you’re exposed to a certain allergen. While many people have mild-to-moderate allergic reactions, anaphylaxis causes an excess release of chemicals that can put you into shock, making it difficult to breathe and causing the loss of consciousness. Anaphylactic shock is a medical emergency.
For many patients, anaphylaxis is triggered when they’re exposed to specific allergens like:
Medications can also cause an anaphylaxis reaction that requires immediate medical attention.
For some, anaphylactic symptoms develop immediately after exposure to certain allergens. The earliest symptoms may include:
As symptoms worsen, you can experience intense abdominal pain, a sudden drop in blood pressure, and a rapid heartbeat. Some people may have panic symptoms or quickly lose consciousness.
Without immediate medical treatment, anaphylaxis can be fatal.
People who have experienced severe anaphylactic reactions to a certain allergen need to create an emergency treatment plan. Dr. Marks-Cogan and Dr. Tachdjian work closely with you to confirm the cause of your severe allergic reaction by performing skin or blood tests. When your specific allergens have been identified, they provide guidance to ensure you avoid your triggers.
Dr. Marks-Cogan and Dr. Tachdjian can also prescribe an injectable epinephrine to be used in an emergency that quickly reduces symptoms, like the swelling in your throat that disrupts breathing. You need to carry this medication with you at all times in case of an unexpected exposure to your allergen that results in anaphylaxis.
If you’re prone to anaphylactic reactions, it’s important that you teach your family and friends what to do if you lose consciousness during an allergic reaction: Administer your epinephrine autoinjector and call 9-1-1 for medical help.
Even if you regain consciousness and your symptoms start to lessen, a second anaphylactic reaction can occur within 12 hours of the initial start of your symptoms. For this reason, you can expect to stay in the hospital for a period of observation.
If you’re looking for comprehensive care to help prevent anaphylactic reactions, schedule a consultation at Clear Allergy today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.