What is a life-threatening whole-body allergic reaction that requires immediate treatment to save the victim’s life?
• Heart Shock
• Shock paralysis
• Shock Atrophy
A victim who goes into a whole-body allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis or is having an anaphylactic shock. They should get immediate medical attention or it could result in death.
Anaphylaxis can happen at any given time and can be life-threatening if it’s not treated right away. A person who is having a severe allergic reaction will have symptoms of heaving wheezing, difficulty breathing, hives, itchiness, swelling and/or fainting. They may have one or more of these symptoms at the same time.
Adrenaline shots (epinephrine) can help with the symptoms. People who are prone to having severe allergic reactions usually carry two (2) medically prescribed, ready-to-use Epipens because it’s common to have a second reaction occur within 12 hours of the first one. This is called biphasic anaphylaxis.
If you encounter someone with these symptoms or go into anaphylactic shock, call 911 immediately and check the person for an Epipen. Epipens come with easy-to-follow instructions to administer first aid. It’s a good idea to keep one of these in your home as well as the first aid kit in your car, because allergies can come on suddenly without the affected person even knowing they have them. This is especially true when attending large family dinners where different foods and health issues mix.
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