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According to the FDA, peanuts are among the top eight common food allergies that afflict Americans. This allergy can be severe and even life threatening if anaphylaxis occurs. It’s important to understand exactly what anaphylaxis is and how to prevent it.

If you have a peanut allergy, contact the Langford Allergy doctors right away.

Keep reading to find out the details:

What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that occurs when the body comes into contact with an allergen that your body is allergic to. Because this allergic reaction can be fatal, it’s important to have an anaphylaxis action plan in place to know exactly what to do in case anaphylactic shock occurs. Any of the Langford Allergy doctors can help you create this life-saving plan.

What’s the difference between anaphylactic shock and an allergic reaction?

The main difference between anaphylactic shock and a regular allergic reaction is that anaphylactic shock oftentimes triggers an allergic response in more than one system in the body. This causes more life-threatening symptoms and you need to seek help immediately.

What are the symptoms of anaphylactic shock?

You may notice symptoms such as wheezing, different areas of your body beginning to swell, a red rash developing, stomach cramping, diarrhea, and trouble breathing. Even if you notice only one of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening.

How can I prevent anaphylaxis?

Be extremely careful around certain allergens or avoid them completely. If you know you have a severe allergy toward a certain allergen, make sure to carry an epinephrine injector with you always. These pocket-sized medicines can slow down your body’s allergic reaction while you wait for medical help to arrive.

Anaphylaxis isn’t partial to food allergies; it can occur with any type of allergy. If you have allergies and need to make an anaphylaxis action plan, schedule an appointment with a Langford Allergy doctor.