Health Tip: Know the Warning Signs of Anaphylaxis

-- Anaphylaxis is a very serious allergic reaction to a food, medication, material (such as latex) or insect sting. It could be life-threatening, and requires immediate medical attention.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology says common warning signs of anaphylaxis include:

  • A red rash that's usually itchy and has welts.
  • Swelling of the throat or other parts of the body.
  • Wheezing and difficulty breathing.
  • Tightness in the chest.
  • A hoarse voice.
  • Losing consciousness.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Diarrhea, stomach cramps or vomiting.
  • Red or pale skin color.

Posted: June 2010


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