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Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C.

Board Certified Otolaryngologist & Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Sandy Springs, Atlanta, GA & Cumming, GA

Without a proper diagnosis and treatment for allergies, it may increase your risk of anaphylaxis, which is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. At Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C., with two offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Thomas Chacko, MD, provides comprehensive allergy care to reduce your chances of having anaphylaxis and other potentially serious complications. Call the nearest office or book an appointment online today to learn more.

Anaphylaxis Q & A

What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that causes the body’s immune system to release a wave of chemicals. It occurs within seconds or minutes after you have been exposed to an allergen.

The only treatment for anaphylaxis is epinephrine injections. If you don’t have epinephrine on hand when you experience a severe allergic reaction, you should visit your nearest emergency room (ER) right away.

What are the symptoms of anaphylaxis?

Symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • A weak and rapid pulse
  • Hives, itching, and pale skin
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Low blood pressure

The sooner you receive treatment for allergies or anaphylaxis, the less likely you are to experience life-threatening consequences.

What allergies cause anaphylaxis?

There are several different allergens that may cause anaphylaxis, including:

  • Stings from insects (bees, spiders, ants, or wasps)
  • Certain medications like antibiotics or aspirin
  • Food allergies (peanuts and shellfish)
  • Latex

You can also experience exercise-induced anaphylaxis from lifting weights, running, or playing sports.

When should I see an allergy specialist about anaphylaxis?

If you or your child has severe allergy symptoms, you should schedule an evaluation at the nearest Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. office.

Your provider reviews your medical history, and discusses your symptoms to develop an effective treatment plan that keeps your allergies in check long-term and reduces your risk of anaphylaxis.

How is anaphylaxis treated?

Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. can help to prevent anaphylaxis by working closely with you to figure out your allergy triggers and create a care plan that helps you avoid those triggers.

Before making any recommendations for treatment, your provider asks about your past allergic reactions and orders blood tests or skin tests to determine your allergens.

Once they determine the source of your allergic reactions, they can prescribe epinephrine to use in emergency situations. They may also prescribe other medications to alleviate inflammation and help you breathe better.

By taking your medications exactly as prescribed and avoiding your specific allergy triggers, you can reduce the risk of severe health consequences.

To learn more about anaphylaxis treatment, call the nearest Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. office or book an appointment online today. Click here to learn more information