What is Anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can occur suddenly after exposure to an allergen, such as certain foods, insect stings or bites, medications, latex, or certain environmental factors.
During an anaphylactic reaction, the immune system overreacts and releases large amounts of chemicals, including histamine, which can cause various symptoms affecting multiple organ systems, including the skin, respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.
Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment with epinephrine (adrenaline) and other medications, as well as supportive care, such as oxygen and intravenous fluids. Prompt recognition and management of anaphylaxis can greatly improve the chances of a positive outcome.
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What are the symptoms of anaphylactic shock?
Anaphylactic shock is a severe and potentially life-threatening complication of anaphylaxis, characterized by a sudden and severe drop in blood pressure and inadequate blood flow to vital organs, which can lead to shock and organ failure. Symptoms of anaphylactic shock may include:
- Severe drop in blood pressure
- Rapid or weak pulse
- Skin pallor or blue skin coloration
- Rapid or shallow breathing
- Confusion, anxiety or agitation
- Loss of consciousness or unresponsiveness
- Chest pain or tightness
- Swelling of the throat, tongue or lips can cause difficulty breathing or swallowing
If left untreated, anaphylactic shock can be life-threatening. Therefore, it is essential to seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms after exposure to a known allergen or suspect you may be having an anaphylactic reaction
How is anaphylactic shock diagnosed?
Suggest a severe allergic reaction, such as a sudden onset of skin rash, swelling, difficulty breathing, or low blood pressure.
During the diagnostic process, healthcare providers may ask about the patient's medical history, including any previous allergic reactions or exposure to potential allergens, such as insect stings or bites, certain foods, medications, or latex. They may also perform a physical examination, looking for signs of anaphylaxis, such as swelling, hives, or wheezing.
Sometimes, laboratory tests, such as blood or skin tests, may be performed to identify the specific allergen that triggered the reaction. These tests can help guide treatment and prevent future allergic reactions.
How is anaphylactic shock treated?
Anaphylactic shock is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment to prevent life-threatening complications. The first-line treatment for anaphylactic shock is an injection of epinephrine, which works quickly to constrict blood vessels, open airways, and improve blood pressure.
Other treatments for anaphylactic shock may include:
- Oxygen therapy to improve breathing
- Intravenous fluids to maintain blood pressure
- Antihistamines to reduce swelling and hives
- Corticosteroids reduce inflammation and prevent delayed reactions
- Beta-agonists open airways and improve breathing
- Glucagon to treat low blood pressure caused by beta-blockers
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and advanced life support in severe cases.
In addition to medical treatments, it is also essential to identify and avoid the triggering allergen and to carry an epinephrine auto-injector at all times in case of future exposure.
I reached out to My Vaccine Lawyer after confirming I suffered from SIRVA. They were so helpful, understanding and thorough throughout the process. They were quick to respond, always answered the phone and I feel they fought to get me what I was entitled to. If you suffered from an injury then please call My Vaccine Lawyer. They will take care of you!
- Melissa Heffley, SIRVA Client
Is anaphylaxis caused by vaccines?
Anaphylaxis is a rare but severe side effect that can happen after vaccination, but the chances are very low. Many things, including vaccines, can cause anaphylaxis. However, it can also be triggered by foods, insect bites, or certain medications. In vaccines, anaphylaxis can happen if someone is allergic to one of the vaccine components, like egg protein or gelatin.
How we can help with your anaphylaxis injury?
Anaphylaxis injuries can change your life. You may be qualified to receive financial compensation through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
After lawsuits against vaccine companies and healthcare providers in the 1980s threatened to reduce U.S. vaccination rates and cause a resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases, the VICP was created.
At My Vaccine Lawyer, our team can help you file a claim and guide you through the entire process with the VICP if you have suffered from vaccine-related injuries.