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Health Tip: Anaphylaxis

An allergic reaction that can be deadly

(HealthDayNews) -- Anaphylaxis is a sudden and potentially fatal allergic reaction that can involve the skin, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular system, according to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.

An anaphylactic reaction may begin with a tingling sensation, itching or metallic taste in the mouth. Other symptoms can include hives, a sensation of warmth, asthma symptoms, swelling of the mouth and throat area, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, a drop in blood pressure and loss of consciousness.

Symptoms occur within minutes to two hours after contact with the allergy-causing substance. Anaphylactic reactions can be relatively mild to life-threatening.

Common causes of anaphylaxis include foods, medications, insect stings and Latex.

Epinephrine, the drug of choice for treating an anaphylactic reaction, should be administered as soon as possible. If you suspect this kind of reaction in you or someone else, seek emergency help immediately.

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