Food allergies are a common health care concern for individuals of all ages. While some reactions to food allergies are minor, severe symptoms can be debilitating. Unknown or undiagnosed food allergies have the potential to lead to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction that can cause severe breathing difficulties.
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Anaphylaxis, also sometimes called anaphylactic shock, is an extremely serious allergic reaction. Initially, the symptoms may seem mild, but as it progresses, it can result in a swollen tongue, tight chest, breathing problems, difficulties speaking and swallowing, as well as dizziness or fainting. If you ever suspect that you may be going into anaphylactic shock, call 911 as soon as possible. Immediate treatment such as an EpiPen can also be used to reverse the dangerous symptoms of anaphylaxis.
If you or your child has a serious food allergy that could result in anaphylaxis, an epinephrine auto-injector, also known as an EpiPen, will be prescribed. Epinephrine is a medicine that helps treat severe anaphylaxis, allowing for proper breathing and relieving the symptoms of anaphylaxis.
While this is not a replacement for medical treatment and 911 should still be called in case of anaphylaxis, an EpiPen or similar auto-injector can be life-saving for people with serious food allergies. If you are prescribed an EpiPen, keep it nearby at all times, especially when you are exposed to foods that could cause a reaction.