Allergies affect millions of Americans. Some of them experience anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. Getting an accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatment plan for your allergies is the best way to prevent anaphylaxis. At Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd., allergy specialists Suresh Anand, MD, FACP, FCCP, and Miriam Anand, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, take a patient-centered approach to care to ensure accurate allergy diagnosis and anaphylaxis prevention. To schedule an evaluation, contact the office in Tempe, Mesa, or Chandler, Arizona, by phone or book online today.
Anaphylaxis is a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction. The reaction usually occurs within seconds or minutes after you come in contact with the allergen and requires emergency medical care.
When you come in contact with a foreign substance, such as a bacteria or virus, your immune system releases chemicals that attack the germ, preventing you from getting sick.
If you have an allergy, your immune system produces chemicals in response to the allergen, causing the allergic reaction.
In most cases, the allergic reaction causes mild symptoms such as a rash, coughing, sneezing, or itchy eyes. With anaphylaxis, however, your immune system floods your body with chemicals, causing you to go into shock.
The most common allergens that cause anaphylaxis include:
Not everyone with allergies develops anaphylaxis. You may be at greater risk if you have a family history of anaphylaxis or you have asthma.
Anaphylaxis symptoms usually develop within minutes of exposure to the allergen. Signs and symptoms include:
If you or someone you love is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Anaphylaxis is a serious diagnosis that requires ongoing medical care and treatment. The team at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies and provides the ongoing care and support you need.
When you visit Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. for an anaphylaxis evaluation, you can expect a comprehensive exam. A new patient evaluation at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. takes 2-3 hours.
During your exam, your specialist asks detailed questions about your symptoms, medical history, and family history, and then conducts a physical. Your specialist then runs advanced allergy testing to identify the allergen causing your symptoms.
The experts at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. develop personalized treatment plans to help you manage your allergies and symptoms. They also provide a prescription for an epinephrine pen for you to carry with you in the event of an unexpected anaphylactic reaction.
Long-term management of anaphylaxis may depend on your allergy. Avoidance of the allergen is the best way to prevent a severe allergic reaction. The team may also suggest allergy shots to reduce your sensitivity to the allergen and the severity of your symptoms.
Anaphylaxis is a complex diagnosis that requires expert care and management. To schedule an appointment with an experienced team, call Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. or request an appointment online today.