Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction to a specific substance, such as an insect sting, a particular food, or a specific medicine. A severe allergic reaction requires prompt treatment to counteract the reaction and relieve your symptoms.
Our emergency medicine doctors at Dignity Health Southern California are experts at recognizing anaphylaxis symptoms and administering fast and effective treatment at these facilities:
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of anaphylaxis in Southern California, go to your nearest emergency room (ER).
To check ER wait times at Dignity Health Southern California, use our InQuicker online waiting tool. If you cannot wait or if you need immediate help, call 911 for the fastest medical response.
Recognizing Anaphylactic Shock at Dignity Health Southern California
What is anaphylactic shock? Some substances, or allergens cause your entire body to react. Your hypersensitive immune system releases certain chemicals that send your body into shock.
Symptoms of anaphylactic shock we see at Dignity Health Southern California include:
- Difficulty breathing and wheezing
- Feeling of tightness in your chest
- Rapid pulse
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat
Vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of consciousness can also occur.
Lifesaving Care for Anaphylaxis in Southern California
An injection of epinephrine is the most effective anaphylaxis treatment. Dignity Health Southern California is equipped to handle all cases of anaphylaxis in adults and children in our pediatric ER. Our skilled doctors will monitor you until you are breathing normally and your other vital signs are stable.
Our doctors also prescribe epinephrine autoinjectors and show you how to use them. At home, an epinephrine autoinjector is a lifesaving treatment if you or your child has a severe allergy. If you are exposed to the allergen, using the autoinjector helps control breathing and other symptoms until you reach medical help.
Make an appointment with an allergy specialist using our convenient Find a Doctor tool for comprehensive allergy treatment at Dignity Health Southern California.
Dignity Health provides you and your family trusted emergency treatment for anaphylaxis in Southern California.