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