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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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4 clues that you may have seasonal allergies

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).

Cherry Blossoms - Davidicus Wong
Cherry Blossoms – Davidicus Wong

4 clues that you may have seasonal rhinitis:

1. A clear, watery discharge from your nose or eyes.

2. No fever or other systemic symptoms.

3. Improvement with antihistamines.

4. Triggered by exposure.

4 ways to manage hayfever or seasonal allergies:

1. Avoidance (which is difficult unless you live in a plastic bubble).

2. Topical treatment with saline rinses of the nose and sinuses or prescription eye drops or nasal sprays.

3. Oral antihistamines (but be cautious about drowsiness, drug interactions and decongestants).

4. Consult with your family physician about allergy testing or shots.