Is It Anaphylaxis?

Now, this is not my field. This site is much more about food sensitivity and unusual forms of that than classical IgE allergy. But, it is important you know how to recogniose anaphylaxis so that's why this page is here. 

Symptoms to watch out for...

Anaphylaxis is not that easy to recognise but if in any doubt at all, you must call the emergency services immediately. Just because someone hasn't had it before, does not mean they can't start it at any time so be safe!

The most common reaction is pretty immediate and the severest will affect breathing and circulation which is why it is so dangerous. 

These are the most common symptoms of a severe allergic reaction according to the Anaphylaxis Campaign (see below):

  • generalised flushing of the skin
  • nettle rash (hives) anywhere on the body
  • sense of impending doom
  • swelling of throat and mouth
  • difficulty in swallowing or speaking
  • alterations in heart rate
  • severe asthma
  • abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting
  • sudden feeling of weakness (drop in blood pressure)
  • collapse and unconsciousness

BUT, it can affect several body areas too according to NIAID (see below) so keep your eye out:

  • Skin—itching, hives, redness, swelling
  • Nose—sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose
  • Mouth—itching, swelling of lips or tongue
  • Throat—itching, tightness, difficulty swallowing, swelling of the back of the throat
  • Chest—shortness of breath, cough, wheeze, chest pain, tightness
  • Heart—weak pulse, passing out, shock
  • Gut —vomiting, diarrhoea, cramping
  • Nervous system—dizziness or fainting

 How do you know if it's anaphylaxis?

Usually, one or more of the following is present:

  • Symptoms start within minutes to several hours and involve skin, mucosal tissue (such as tissues lining the respiratory and GI tracts), or both. 
  • There can also be trouble breathing 
  • Blood pressure drops, leading to paleness, weak pulse, confusion, dizziness or fainting, within minutes to several hours after exposure to a substance to which you know you have an allergy.

 

If you recognise those, seek help immediately especially if you have a history of allergy/sensitivity reactions.

More information:

Anaphylaxis Campaign (UK)

NIAID Anaphylaxis Factsheet 

FoodsMatter's Anaphylaxis Resources section

An Anaphylaxis Action Plan, written by Ruth, a sufferer herself

Below is a video from Anaphylaxis Campaign on how to recognise an anaphylactic episode. There are several other useful videos on their site.

 

Free Health Guide

Click the cover to get your free 30 page health guide and monthly updates...

Click here for more info on what's in it ...

News

Our most recent ebook! Click here for what's in it..

Have I Helped?

Then, please use the links on the site. Doing this helps us offer this free website and support to you and others. Thank you, we all appreciate it. Some people have asked for a donate button, which is lovely, so here it is. Thank you!

I am a member of ...

No Hassle Guarantee

I want to produce truly useful information that works for you. If you love something, let me and others know. If you purchase something and change your mind, let me know and we'll sort it. 

Copyright

Please feel free to share material from this site (not paid-for items) as long as you do not alter it and give full credit plus a link back to this site. Enjoy. 

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

Important!

The information given is not meant to be a substitute for seeing a health professional. It is our opinion only, based on several years of natural medicine practice and research. We're sure you'll find it useful, but please use it wisely and always exercise common sense.

Print Print | Sitemap Recommend this page Recommend this page
Purehealth Clinic - Natural health services virtual and Looe, Cornwall © Michaela Rose 2000-2017