Severe Allergic Reaction

Allergic reactions occur when allergens come in contact with the body – either directly or by breathing them in. They are usually mild but can also be severe and life threatening. Anaphylaxis is the most severe allergic reaction. It is a reaction that occurs within minutes of exposure. Immediate medical attention is needed for this condition. Without treatment, anaphylaxis can get worse very quickly and lead to death very quickly.

Common symptoms of a mild allergic reaction include:
  • Hives or rashes on the skin
  • Itching
  • Congestion
  • Watery eyes
Symptoms of moderate or severe reactions include symptoms listed above and any of the following:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Wheezing
  • Chest discomfort or tightness
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Swelling of the face, eyes, or tongue
  • Unconsciousness
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