Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening symptom of an allergic reaction. It’s a natural, but serious, overreaction to a generally harmless substance. While seasonal allergies can cause overreactions that result in watery eyes or an itchy nose, anaphylaxis affects essential functions of your body.
Trained emergency medical professionals at Dignity Health North State can diagnose and treat anaphylaxis in Northern California. If you have symptoms that aren’t life threatening, you can comfortably wait at home until you’re ready for treatment. Use our online waiting tool InQuicker and schedule an estimated ER arrival time.
Symptoms of Anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis can cause breathing problems, so call 911 at the first sign of a serious allergic reaction.
Common symptoms of anaphylaxis are:
- Difficulty breathing and wheezing
- Chest tightness
- Swelling of your face, lips, and tongue
- Rapid heartbeat
You may also experience loss of consciousness, diarrhea, and vomiting. These symptoms shouldn’t go unreported. Always seek emergency medical care for a prompt diagnosis and ongoing care for severe allergic reactions.
What Causes Anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis occurs when an allergen, such as eggs or certain insect bites, trigger your immune system to overreact. Many people are born with a predisposition for heightened allergic responses. You can also develop serious allergies later in life.
Treating Anaphylactic Shock at Dignity Health North State
The treatment goal is the same no matter what allergen caused the reaction. Your doctor and emergency care team will work to stabilize your breathing and reduce your symptoms.
Tips for Caring for & Preventing Anaphylaxis
The best way to prevent anaphylaxis is to avoid the allergen. However, it’s not always possible to avoid an encounter with an allergen, such as a bee sting.
Follow these tips to help you or your child treat anaphylactic shock:
- Always carry your epinephrine autoinjector.
- Never try to swallow oral medication during an allergic reaction.
- Familiarize your friends and family with how to use your injector.
- Inform your child’s school and other places of care about your child’s allergies.
- Seek emergency care after using an autoinjector, even if symptoms subside.
Trust the experienced staff at Dignity Health North State to treat your anaphylaxis with expertise and kindness.
Dignity Health North State treats mild and serious cases of anaphylaxis in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.