What are the common causes of anaphylaxis?
The allergen triggering anaphylaxis can vary for each allergic person. However, some of the more common causes of anaphylaxis include:
- Foods – Any food can cause an allergic reaction, but the foods that cause the most cases of anaphylaxis are peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts, cashews and almonds), shellfish, fish, milk and eggs.
- Medications – Any medication can cause an allergic reaction. However, common medications that cause anaphylaxis are antibiotics and anti-seizure medications.
- Stinging insects – Yellow jackets, honeybees, paper wasps, hornets and fire ants can inject venom during a sting causing a severe and even fatal reaction in some people.
- Latex – Some products made from natural rubber contain latex allergens that can cause a severe allergic reaction in sensitive individuals.