4 things you should know about anaphylaxis

On Tuesday, April 2nd, I’ll be talking to Jill Krop about allergies on her AM/BC talk show (9 am on weekdays on BC1). Previous shows are on the internet at http://globalnews.ca/ (search for am/bc).

4 things you should know about anaphylaxis:

1. Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction occurring within minutes or hours after exposure.

2. Causes may include certain foods (such as peanuts), food additives, insect bites or stings, medications or other foreign substances including latex.

3. Symptoms may include swelling of the throat, tongue or face, shortness of breath or wheezing, lightheadedness or decreased consciousness, abdominal pain or vomiting.

4. Immediate medical attention is required. Call 911. Treatment may include epinephrine (adrenaline) and resuscitation.

If you have a history of severe allergic reactions, talk to your doctor about their management including epinephrine.

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About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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