- 200,000 people require emergency medical care for allergic reactions to food annually.
- 32 million Americans have food allergies. 3% of adults had any seafood allergies.
- Up to 5% of the US population has suffered anaphylaxis.
- Latex allergy is present in 1-5% of the general population.
- Insect stings account for 10% to 20% of anaphylaxis.
What is Anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis (an-a-fi-LAK-sis) is a severe allergic reaction to common foods, materials, medications or insects. The allergic reaction can occur within seconds of exposure and can be life-threatening.
Once people who have had a severe allergic reaction are at risk for future episodes. Even if your first reaction is mild, it’s unknown if future reactions will be mild or severe so it’s important to carry self-injectable epinephrine.
Please dial 911 if reactions are very severe and serious.
70-90% of anaphylaxis reactions typically follow a uniphasic course, meaning they only happen once. The remaining 10-30% will be biphasic, meaning after a reaction is treated, there is a second phase that occurs after several hours or up to 24-hour.
What are common triggers for an anaphylactic reaction?
If you’ve had anaphylaxis, it’s very important to know what triggers an allergic reaction.
- Food: including peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts such as walnuts and pecans, fish, shellfish, cow’s milk (lactose) and eggs.
- Stinging insects like honeybees, fire ants, yellow jackets, yellow hornets and paper wasps.
- Latex is a common allergy found in medical gloves, balloons, intravenous tubes, syringes, adhesive tapes and catheters.
- Medication: including β-lactams (e.g., penicillin), aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen (NSAIDs).
- Insect sting: with bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants.
- Biologic modifiers (e.g., cetuximab, infliximab and omalizumab)
It’s important to understand how anaphylaxis impacts you and the things that can trigger these allergic reactions so you can effectively manage your condition.
What are the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis?
Symptoms occur suddenly and worsen fast. The early symptoms may be mild, such as a runny nose, swelling, skin rash or you begin to feel strange and queasy.
As symptoms worsen, the following signs will begin to develop.
- Trouble breathing
- Hives or swelling
- Tightness of the throat
- Hoarse voice
- Low blood
- Abdominal pain
- Rapid heart beat
- Feeling of doom
- Cardiac arrest
How does epinephrine reverse anaphylaxis?
Epinephrine reverses anaphylaxis by stimulating different adrenoreceptors during a negative allergic reaction.
Epinephrine is adrenaline. It increases vasculature flow, improving blood pressure and reduces swelling.
Epinephrine causes narrowing across the body and opens the blood vessels in the muscles and the liver.
Epinephrine increases the rate of blood pumping through the body and raising blood pressure. In the liver, the adrenaline stimulates the breakdown of glycogen to glucose, triggering your body to rapidly produce energy. The extra amounts glucose taps into the fatty acids stored in the body to be used as fuel in times of stress or danger create alertness both mentally and physically.
How to get epinephrine injectables online to prevent anaphylactic shock?
Epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, is the medication used to treat anaphylaxis. Epinephrine is a chemical that narrows blood vessels and opens airways in the lungs. The medication can reverse the allergic reactions that occur during an anaphylactic episode like wheezing, itching, and hives.
Epinephrine injection can be found under brand names like Adrenalin, Auvi-Q, Epinephrinesnap-EMS, Epinephrinesnap-V, EpiPen 2-Pak, EpiPen JR 2-Pak, EPIsnap, Symjepi.
Proper training on how to use the injectable is important to avoid risk of worsening reaction.
Our Board-Certified providers review your medical history and discuss your allergy or they can discuss refilling your prescription. Our providers can order a serum-specific IgE levels food allergy test to a lab near you if you have not been tested for allergies before.