Anaphylaxis

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies, P.C.

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Glenwood Springs, CO & Avon, CO

Although peanuts are probably the most widely known trigger of anaphylaxis, a range of factors can provoke this life-threatening condition. That’s why it’s essential to seek high-quality care like that offered by the board-certified medical team at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies, P.C., with locations in Avon, Basalt, Eagle, Aspen, Frisco, and Glenwood Springs, Colorado. They’ll help you avoid your triggers and provide you with treatment so you can enjoy optimal health. Call or schedule a consultation online today.

Anaphylaxis Q & A

What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction requiring immediate medical treatment. Certain foods, bug bites, medications, and latex are the most common causes of anaphylactic reactions.

When you’re allergic to a food or certain substance, your immune system goes into overdrive, releasing a flood of chemicals to cause an allergic reaction, like sneezing or itching. Typically, these symptoms are annoying — not life-threatening. But in some people, allergens trigger an anaphylactic reaction.

What are the symptoms of anaphylaxis?

Symptoms come on quickly, usually 5-30 minutes after you come in contact with a substance you’re allergic to. In some cases, however, it may take more than an hour before you notice symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis can occur anywhere in your body, and may include:

  • Red, itchy rash, with hives or welts
  • Swollen throat or swollen areas of the body
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Difficulty breathing or wheezing
  • Passing out
  • Cough
  • Hoarse voice
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Diarrhea or stomach cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Your face or body also may turn pale or red.
  • You may even feel a sense of impending doom.

How is anaphylaxis diagnosed?

Your provider begins by conducting a complete investigation into all possible causes for your anaphylactic reaction. You’ll be asked to provide specific details regarding all past allergic reactions.

To find out what’s causing your reaction, your provider may perform a skin test to help determine your triggers. To confirm your diagnosis, you may need a blood test to measure the amount of a certain enzyme, called tryptase, in your blood. The level of tryptase in your blood is often higher for a short time after an anaphylactic reaction.

How is anaphylaxis treated?

Your provider will work with you to find the allergens that trigger your reaction, so you can avoid them. You’ll also be prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector. This pen-like device holds a dose of medication that you can quickly inject in your thigh during an anaphylactic emergency.

If you or a loved one may be at risk for anaphylaxis, don’t delay. Call today or book a consultation online with Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies, and give yourself peace of mind.