Black & Kletz Allergy is your DC allergist who can treat your entire family. We are proud to be one of DC’s top allergists. If you or someone you love suffers from allergies, asthma, or immunological ailments, call us today at 202-466-4100 for an appointment with a specialist to see how we can help.
What is anaphylaxis shock?
When the body has a severe allergic reaction to something it can go into anaphylaxis shock. This is a serious and often deadly response and must be treated immediately by a DC allergist, physician, or first responder such as a paramedic.
Anaphylaxis shock is commonly treated with a shot of epinephrine by allergist in DC. Epinephrine is a form of adrenaline. In most cases, epinephrine will reverse the symptoms very quickly. If it does not work, a second dosage can be taken within 30 minutes. Epinephrine “pens” or syringes are only available by prescription.
What can cause anaphylaxis shock?
Though asthma sufferers are at higher risk for suffering anaphylaxis shock, it can happen to anyone who experiences an allergic reaction to something. A DC allergist can review your medical history and suggest what things you should probably avoid to minimize your risk of experiencing an allergic reaction. The body can experience a severe allergic reaction to many things including:
- Certain foods or beverages (peanuts are common)
- Herbal remedies
- Vitamins or vitamin supplements
- Medications Chemicals
- Animals such as dogs and cats
- Dust mites
- Antibiotics (penicillin is common)
Common Symptoms of Anaphylaxis Shock
A DC allergist from Black & Kletz Allergy can examine you to determine if you are experiencing the first signs of an anaphylactic reaction or have indeed gone into full anaphylaxis shock. Onset indications include a skin rash or runny nose which can be mistaken for common allergy symptoms. However, within half an hour, symptoms will progress and you may experience any or all of the following:
- Itching, pain, or tightness in the chest
- Weakness or dizziness
- Hives or rash with swollen, red, or itchy skin
- Stuffy nose, runny nose, sneezing
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
- Itchy or swollen lips or tongue
- Itchy or swollen throat, trouble swallowing, hoarse voice, tightness in the throat
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Weak pulse
- A sense of doom
Biphasic Anaphylaxis is a secondary anaphylactic reaction that occurs within 12 hours of the first reaction. About one of five people will experience this.
Treatment of Anaphylaxis Shock
A shot of epinephrine into the thigh is the most common and effective treatment for anaphylaxis shock. If you have had at least one episode of anaphylaxis shock in your lifetime, you may be at higher risk to experience it again. In that case, a DC allergist may recommend that you carry at least two doses of epinephrine with you wherever you go and at all times as a preventative measure.
If you would like more information about allergies, request an appointment with a DC allergist at Black & Kletz Allergy by phoning us at (202) 466-4100.