Food Allergy and Anaphylactic Shock Reaction
Anaphylactic Shock is a life threatening allergic reaction. After an initial exposure to a specific type of food the affected person’s immune system becomes sensitised to that allergen. This means that after exposure to the food afterwards the reaction is severe and involves the whole body. This is particularly hard to manage in a restaurant, takeaway or sandwich shop as you are reliant upon adequate food labelling.
What Happens when you go into Anaphylactic Shock?
Breathing becomes difficult as the airways become obstructed. Swellings and hives on the lips and eyelids and throat can appear. This is extremely dangerous because if the airways become blocked a heart attack can result.
Other symptoms can include nausea and vomiting , slurred speech, abdominal pain or cramping and skin redness.
What is the Treatment for Anaphylactic Shock?
It cannot be stressed enough that this is a life threatening condition and immediate professional attention is required. It is an emergency. You must act as quickly as possible.
Once medical assistance arrives drugs can be administered that open the airways. They will also raise blood pressure from the low level caused by the severe reaction to food allergens.
What is the Prognosis for Anaphylactic Shock cases?
Without prompt treatment the prognosis is very poor . However with swift therapeutic intervention a full recovery can be made over time.
What Can I do if I think I, or a loved one, have suffered from a Anaphylactic Shock Caused by Food Allergens?