A couple of known substances that may cause you anaphylaxis:
Some may experience an anaphylactic reaction without identifying its cause, known as idiopathic anaphylaxis.
An anaphylactic reaction may begin with a tingling, flushing, itching or a metallic taste in your mouth. Additional symptoms of anaphylaxis, that typically develop within a matter of seconds or minutes, include:
- slurred speech
- hives, itchiness
- nasal congestion
- nausea, vomiting
- pulmonary edema
- eyes,face swelling
- loss of consciousness
- skin turns red/pale/blue
- abdominal pain, cramping
- mouth, throat, lip swelling
- difficulty breathing ~ dyspnea
- fainting, lightheaded, dizziness
In some allergic reaction instances, these symptoms go away and return a couple of hours later with a potential to be more severe. This is a “biphasic reaction” and is believed to occur in around 20% of anaphylactic reactions.
Anyone with a previous history of anaphylactic’s dyspnea and shock reactions is at risk for having another severe reaction. Also, those with a personal or family history of allergic conditions, such as:
If you have asthma and a food allergy, then you are at an increased risk for anaphylaxis to that food.
If you’ve ever had an anaphylactic shock reaction, you’ll likely be prescribed an EpiPen, to be carried with you at all times. This is an automatic self injecting shot of epinephrine, that helps stop an allergic reaction fast. This shot needs to be administered in the thigh muscle.
But because epinephrine is only temporary, you may also be advised to carry along an antihistamine (diphenhydramine) or corticosteriod (prednisone) to be used in concert. This on the spot treatment combination gives you time to seek emergency medical assistance.