Anaphylaxis: Prevention and Treatment

With 10 family-friendly locations designed to serve the residents of Ohio, the offices of Premier Allergy and Asthma are a familiar sight in Dublin, Westerville, Canal Winchester, Lancaster, Marysville, Delaware, New Albany, Hilliard, Grove City, and Grandview.

Our team of top-rated specialists is also widely recognized for its skill in providing care and preventive treatment for potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis, which can affect children and adults of all ages.

We’re happy to provide information about anaphylaxis and how to treat and prevent this dangerous condition.

Anaphylaxis defined

Anaphylaxis is an over-the-top allergic reaction that can quickly become life-threatening because it affects heart and lung function. It occurs when your immune system sends out an overwhelming flood of antibodies to destroy an allergen that it’s mistaken for a toxic invader.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis typically occur within minutes of exposure to the offending allergen and tend to build rapidly. 

You may experience:

Anaphylaxis is most often linked to food, medication, latex and stinging insect allergies.

Treating anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis requires emergency medical attention. If you’ve been diagnosed with an allergy that raises your risk of anaphylaxis and carry an epinephrine autoinjector, administer a dose right away. Otherwise, call 911. 

Because confusion and loss of consciousness can occur with anaphylaxis, we also recommend you carry a card and wear medical alert jewelry to help emergency professionals quickly identify the issue.

It’s important to note that even if your symptoms subside after using epinephrine, you still need to be seen as soon as possible in the nearest emergency room. Anaphylaxis can appear to resolve only to return a short time later. This is called biphasic anaphylaxis. The second round of anaphylaxis can cause more severe symptoms than the initial reaction.

Preventing anaphylaxis

The most effective way to prevent anaphylaxis is to know your allergen and avoid it whenever possible. At Premier Allergy and Asthma, we offer comprehensive testing that accurately identifies your allergy trigger(s).

We then provide information and design strategies to help you avoid triggering an anaphylactic reaction. If you or your child have a peanut allergy, for instance, we help you learn to identify problem ingredients in the foods you buy, such as peanut oil. Our family-focused offices include educational resources for both children and adults.

Depending on your allergy type, your specialist may recommend immunotherapy to help retrain your immune system and prevent reactions to allergens you might find difficult to avoid, such as bees, wasps, and other stinging insects. For some of our patients, we also offer oral food immunotherapy.

Regardless of the nature of your allergy, we can help. Call the nearest office to schedule a visit at Premier Allergy and Asthma or use our online booking tool

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