What is Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is the term used to describe a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction that can occur suddenly and escalate quickly. It’s triggered when the immune system overreacts to an allergen, releasing chemicals that can cause symptoms across multiple body systems. These symptoms can include difficulty breathing due to constriction of the airways, a rapid pulse, skin rashes, nausea, and even loss of consciousness.

When is an Allergic Reaction an Emergency?

An allergic reaction becomes an emergency when symptoms become severe or life-threatening, such as anaphylaxis. Signs of an emergency include difficulty breathing, swelling of the tongue or throat, a rapid or weak pulse, dizziness, sudden confusion, or loss of consciousness. Immediate medical attention is crucial in these situations.

Helpful tips for your Epi-Pen:

  1. Always carry your Epi-Pen with you if you’re at risk of anaphylaxis.
  2. Ensure you know how to use it correctly – remove the safety cap, place it against your thigh, and press down firmly to release the medication.
  3. Don’t inject through clothing.
  4. After using the Epi-Pen, seek immediate medical help.
  5. Regularly check the expiration date and replace it as needed.

At ENT Centers of North Texas, we are dedicated to reducing your chances of anaphylaxis. If you need a thorough evaluation of your allergies along with an epi-pen prescription and plan to minimize the chances of anaphylaxis, contact our offices today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced and compassionate specialists.