Anaphylaxis is a sudden and severe systemic allergic reaction which can be life-threatening. Common triggers are food, insect venom, medicines and latex. If you have these allergies, your doctor will talk to you about the symptoms of anaphylaxis and what to do if you spot them. It’s a medical emergency.
Studies from around the world suggest anaphylaxis could affect up to 5% of people at some point in their lives. It’s not just your allergy trigger that increases the risk. Having anaphylaxis once makes future allergic reactions of this type more likely.
Read on to discover:
- How to recognize the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, as well as anaphylactic shock
- What’s going on inside your body when you have an allergic reaction, whether it’s mild or severe like anaphylaxis
- What to do in the event of an anaphylactic reaction, including the immediate treatment needed
- Some of the common triggers and risk factors for this type of severe reaction