Anaphylaxis is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition that can be triggered minutes — or even seconds — after you’ve been exposed to something you’re allergic to.
Typically, when you’re allergic to something, your immune system reacts as if the substance is trying to harm your body. Your body releases a chemical known as histamine, which causes symptoms such as itchy or watery eyes and a runny nose.
However, this reaction can end up being much more severe and affect multiple systems in your body resulting in wheezing, shortness of breath, swelling, difficulty swallowing, heart racing, heart slowing and sometimes loss of consciousness.
If you struggle with allergies, you might be worried that what you’re allergic to can cause anaphylaxis. That’s why our team led by Chad W. Mayer, DO, FAAAAI, FAAP, and Ronda Barak-Norris, MD, FACAAI, here at Allergy and Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, want to review what allergies might lead to anaphylaxis.
The most commonly seen cause of anaphylaxis — especially in children — is food allergies. Foods that can often trigger this severe allergic reaction include:
Other things that can also cause anaphylaxis include:
Although it’s not commonly reported, aerobic exercises like jogging can also bring on anaphylaxis. Eating a certain food before you start exercising can trigger it; however, the weather being too cold or too hot can also be a factor.
You are most at risk for developing anaphylaxis if you’ve had an allergic reaction to certain foods or insect stings or if you struggle with asthma. In addition, if you’ve had a case of anaphylaxis before, you’re more likely to develop it again.
If you suspect that you’ve had anaphylaxis before, you should immediately come in and see our team for allergy diagnosis. Taking this step could save your life.
To lower your risk for anaphylaxis, you first need to identify what triggers your severe allergic reaction. This is extremely important so you can avoid that allergen at all costs. You also need to be prepared at all times for anaphylaxis. Make sure your family and friends recognize the symptoms, so they can contact medical help right away.
Our team also prescribes you an epinephrine injector. This is the size of a large marker and needs to be carried around with you at all times. If you ever start to experience the symptoms of anaphylaxis, simply inject the medication into your thigh to reverse the allergic reaction.
If you think you’ve had anaphylaxis before, you have a family history of anaphylaxis, or if you simply struggle with allergies, reach out to our team for an accurate diagnosis of your allergies and a personalized treatment plan.
To schedule an appointment with our allergy experts, you can call our office at 248-363-3232 or book online with us today.