Bel Air

2225 Old Emmorton Road
Suite 111
Bel Air, MD 21015

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1300 York Road
Suite 30D
Lutherville, MD 21093
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Anaphylaxis

Severe allergies to a particular food, medication, insect stings, or material like latex can result in a potentially life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. For at-risk individuals, it’s essential to take the necessary precautions and be prepared. At Advanced Allergy & Asthma Centers, our patients receive the treatment, training, and tools required to prevent an anaphylactic reaction and to manage one should it occur.

What is an anaphylactic reaction?

While most allergies produce annoying and uncomfortable symptoms, in some cases, the reaction to an allergen is severe and sudden. With anaphylaxis, the body over responds and releases chemicals that quickly produce a range of dangerous effects.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis may include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Urticaria (Hives), skin redness, or itchiness
  • Rapid swelling of throat, tongue, mouth, face, hands, or feet
  • Throat tightness, hoarseness, and trouble swallowing
  • Wheezing or cough
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Low blood pressure
  • Shock
  • Cardiac arrest

The prevention and treatment of anaphylaxis

Patients with a history of severe allergic reactions have a greater risk for anaphylaxis. A previous anaphylactic reaction also increases a person’s risk for another one.

At the first sign of an anaphylactic reaction, immediate care is required. Even if you or someone else has administered a dose of epinephrine, it’s imperative to call 911 and go to the emergency room.

Avoiding the allergens that trigger a reaction holds the key to protecting your health and overall well-being. At the offices of Advanced Allergy & Asthma Centers, we’ll identify the triggering substances and provide patients of all ages with the appropriate training and care needed to avoid allergen contact and prevent a severe reaction.

Bel Air
Phone: (443) 987-6998
Fax: (443) 557-6699
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Lutherville | Towson
Phone: (443) 519-2128
Fax: (443) 557-6699
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