What Is Anaphylactic Shock and How to Avoid It

An Anaphylactic Shock is the extreme level of shock that the body receives from a sudden allergic reaction due to a trigger or allergen, and this kind of extreme allergic reaction is called Anaphylaxis. When you have had a previous history of anaphylaxis, then you are more susceptible to anaphylactic shocks in future.

Understanding anaphylactic shock

An anaphylactic shock is often caused by a trigger. This trigger can be any allergen. Any allergen which may have never caused you such severe allergy may get suddenly overtly reactive, and cause your body to react too much. Sometimes an allergen which may have caused very little allergy or irritation to you in the past grows to be a bigger problem over time, and may trigger an anaphylaxis one day.

The whole thing starts generally with a reaction to food or drugs typically harmless to the body. The reaction may show up in 3 minutes or within 30 minutes of ingestion.

How to recognize that you are going through an anaphylactic shock

What happens during an anaphylactic shock must be learn to avoid it. Rather you must recognize first that you or the patent is under a shock, so that you may arrange for an emergency medical help. One or many of these symptoms may show up:

  • Trouble in breathing and hoarse voice
  • Trouble swallowing and speaking
  • Hives and redness through the body
  • Itching and swelling across throat, or tongue, or full face, or full body
  • Runny nose and coughing and sneezing
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, headache
  • Fall in blood pressure, weak pulse rate and cramps through body or abdomen
  • Swellings inside the body underneath skin

In anaphylactic shock the blood pressure of body suddenly falls as the blood vessels gets very dilated, and rather the wind pipe gets congested or shrunk, and it leads to a serious drop in blood pressure and difficulty breathings. If left untreated for long, this may be fatal.

Common triggers of anaphylaxis

In children the triggers are commonly food, and in adults the triggers are commonly drugs. The food which may cause the anaphylactic shock in children are milk, seafood, shellfish, peanuts, eggs, what or soy etc. in adults the triggers can be penicillin, ibuprofen, aspirin type of drugs. If you have any drug allergy you must talk to your doctor while he prescribed you medicines for any condition. That is the best way to avoid such a condition. Other factors may be pollen or suspended particles in the air, latex, and insect stings.

The common mode of treatment and avoiding the problem

The best mode of treatment for anaphylactic shock is epinephrine injection. More than one injection may be needed if the symptom persons after 30 minutes if giving the first shot. The epinephrine shot should be given on the thigh preferably, and you must avoid any doses of antihistamine during an anaphylactic shock. The best way to avoid the problem is by avoiding triggers, and though you may not avoid any and all food items, you should stay away from any which caused allergies earlier.

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Comment by Max Jones on August 11, 2019 at 6:02am

very informative article.enjoyed it

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