Allergic reactions to certain foods, medications, and toxins will often appear on the surface of the skin. Hives, eczema, and swelling are the most common symptoms. These are called localized allergic reactions and they are often easily treated. When the allergic reaction spreads to other parts of the body, it can be more serious and harder to treat. This is known as a systemic allergic reaction.
Symptoms of Systemic Allergic Reactions
Systemic allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis can be life threatening in their severity. While symptoms of them can vary, they often include the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Skin rashes
- Difficulty with breathing
Once these kinds of symptoms develop, it’s critical to receive medical help right away. If you or a loved one has had these symptoms in the past but were fortunate to get through it without seeing a doctor, we recommend that you schedule a consultation as soon as possible. We can take measures to make sure you are well-prepared if it ever happens again. Due to the severity and life-threatening nature of these symptoms, waiting days for an appointment or to get into the emergency room might be too long of a wait.
How Systemic Reactions are Treated
An epinephrine injection can quickly relieve the dangerous symptoms of a systemic allergic reaction. The symptom of primary importance is the air passageway restriction, which passes very quickly after the injection is administered.
Epinephrine is available by prescription and is vital to have around if you have experienced these types of symptoms before. If we decide to prescribe it to one of our patients, we ask them to follow our instructions very carefully.
Contact Us Today to Learn More
We instruct our patients on how to administer the injection, which comes pre-filled and is simple enough to use if you follow our detailed instructions. To learn more about the dangers of a systemic allergic reaction, reach out and make an appointment with Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic! At our convenient location in Washington (Vancouver, Longview, Salmon Creek, Bellevue), Oregon (Clackamas, Gresham), and California (Oakland, Sunnyvale, San Leandro, Fremont, Redwood, San Mateo), our dedicated and caring staff will be ready and eager to address any questions or concerns you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation!