Whether you or a family member has a severe allergic reaction to shrimp or bee stings, anaphylaxis requires a 911 call for immediate emergency help. The emergency care doctors at Dignity Health St. John's stand ready to provide life-saving treatment for those with anaphylaxis symptoms.
Visit one of our trusted St. John's hospitals for high-quality emergency care to treat severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock symptoms.
Know the Symptoms of Anaphylactic Shock
Recognize telltale symptoms and take steps to prevent anaphylactic shock. While any allergen can trigger anaphylaxis, the most common causes for such a severe reaction include:
- Food, such as peanuts
- Insect stings
- Latex, common in balloons and rubber gloves
Anaphylaxis can happen to anyone with an allergy, but some people are at higher risk, such as those with breathing problems or an immediate family member who has had an anaphylactic reaction. Previous anaphylactic episodes put you at higher risk of having another if you come in contact with the allergen again.
Treating Anaphylactic Shock at Dignity Health St. John's
While avoiding allergens seems obvious, you may not know you have severe allergies until your first episode. Allergic reactions can change over time, and it is not always possible to avoid allergens.
If you experience anaphylaxis, call 911 for immediate emergency treatment. An injection of epinephrine counteracts your body’s immune response. Emergency responders also may give you oxygen and start an IV for fluids and steroids to decrease swelling in the airway.
Many people with severe allergies carry their own emergency “rescue” medication, such as an epinephrine auto-injector. If you have taken a dose of your own emergency epinephrine, call 911 in case you need additional medication and treatment.
Preventing Anaphylactic Shock
Take these step to prevent anaphylaxis:
- Avoid allergens.
- List all medicines you are allergic to on medical and dental forms.
- Always keep an emergency dose of epinephrine with you.
- Show the people around you on how to give epinephrine.
- Wear a medical alert bracelet listing medications that cause allergic reactions.
Need additional help managing your allergies and lowering your risk of anaphylaxis? Find a Doctor who specializes in allergies.