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- What is anaphylaxis?
- What is the history of anaphylaxis?
- What are common causes of anaphylaxis?
- What are anaphylaxis symptoms and signs?
- Are there any disorders that appear similar to anaphylaxis?
- How is anaphylaxis diagnosed?
- Recommendations after an initial episode of anaphylaxis
- What are emergency measures used in the treatment of anaphylaxis?
- What is the treatment for anaphylaxis?
- Is it possible to prevent anaphylaxis?
- What is the prognosis of anaphylaxis?
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What are anaphylaxis symptoms and signs?
Anaphylaxis often affects two or more body systems, or it may present with just low blood pressure (hypotension), which usually occurs with a severe reaction. Although the symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction usually occur within seconds to minutes after exposure to a trigger, some reactions can occur up to two hours after the exposure. Possible symptoms and signs of an anaphylactic reaction include:
Skin symptoms: itching, flushing, hives, and swelling (angioedema)
Additionally, those affected often report a "feeling of impending doom."
There is no testing to predict the severity of an anaphylactic reaction, though a previous severe reaction raises the risk of a subsequent severe reaction. Uncontrolled asthma is a consistent risk factor for severe anaphylaxis and fatal anaphylaxis. A history of environmental allergies, eczema (atopic dermatitis), or asthma may also raise the risk of anaphylaxis.