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Anaphylactic Shock

Anaphylactic Shock Causes

After an early exposure to a substance like bee sting toxin, the person's immune system becomes induced to that allergen; Shocking dose. Some drugs like polymyxin, morphine, x-ray dye, and others may cause an "anaphylactoid" reaction on the first contact.

Anaphylactic Shock Definition

Anaphylactic Shock is also called Anaphylaxis. It is a life-threatening type of allergic reaction in humans and other mammals. It occurs when an allergic response triggers a rapid release from mast cells of huge quantities of immunological mediators leading to systemic vasodilation and edema of bronchial mucosa. Anaphylactic shock can advance to death in a count of minutes if left untreated. Anaphylactic Shock may occur after ingestion, injection of an allergen, skin contact or, in rare cases, inhalation.

Anaphylactic Shock Diagnosis

Medication of the skin may indicate hives and swelling of the eyes or face. The skin may be blue from lack of oxygen or may be whitish from shock. Testing for the definite allergen that caused anaphylaxis is deferred until after treatment.

Anaphylactic Shock Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms include the following: respiratory distress, fainting, unconsciousness, flushed appearance, vomiting, itching, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

Anaphylactic Shock Treatment

Anaphylactic Shock is an emergency ailment requiring immediate professional medical attention. Estimation of the ABC's or the airway, breathing, and circulation from Basic Life Support should be completed in all unproven anaphylactic reactions.

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