Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that affects your whole body. Any allergen can cause anaphylaxis. Chad W. Mayer, DO, FAAAAI, FAAP, is board-certified allergist at Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan. They provide expert care for all types of allergies and symptoms, including anaphylaxis. For comprehensive and personalized allergy care, call the office in Farmington Hills, Michigan, or schedule an appointment online today.
Anaphylaxis is the most severe reaction to an allergen, a substance your immune system considers harmful to you.
When you come in contact with your allergen, your immune system releases chemicals that trigger an allergic reaction. The severity of the reaction varies from mild to life-threatening.
In most cases, allergy symptoms only affect one part of the body. However, with anaphylaxis, the allergic reaction involves multiple body systems.
If you have allergies or asthma and a family history of anaphylaxis, then you’re at greater risk of having this life-threatening reaction.
Anaphylaxis symptoms vary but involve more than one body part. Signs and symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction include:
Anaphylaxis symptoms most often appear within five to 30 minutes after you come in contact with your allergen. However, it may take over an hour for you to notice the symptoms.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
You need to schedule an appointment with the board-certified allergists at Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan if you had, or think you had, an anaphylactic reaction.
They also recommend you come in for an evaluation if you have asthma or allergies and a family history of anaphylaxis.
The highly skilled physicians at Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan take a personalized approach to care. During your initial evaluation, they ask detailed questions to fully understand your health history and concerns so they can create the most effective plan.
They also perform allergy testing to identify the substance or substances that might trigger the severe life-threatening reaction.
Treatment for anaphylaxis focuses on avoiding your allergen and having an emergency plan in case of exposure.
Your provider at Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan spends time talking to you about your symptoms and allergens. Working together, you develop a plan of action, which includes when and how to use an epinephrine auto-injector (to reduce the severity of symptoms).
To get help designing your anaphylaxis plan, call Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan or schedule an appointment online today.