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Anaphylaxis is another term for anaphylactic shock. It is a severe, often life threatening allergic reaction that occurs due to exposure of venom, toxin, medicine, or food. Because the exposure occurs intravenously or is absorbed through the digestive system, the reaction occurs throughout the whole body.

Symptoms of Anaphylaxis

The most dangerous symptom is the constriction of the breathing passages which makes it difficult to provide oxygen to the brain. Loss of blood pressure contributes to that danger. Rash, redness, and sweating on the skin can occur. If the allergen in question was consumed then vomiting and abdominal pain are common.

Treatment of Anaphylaxis

Adrenaline, also known as epinephrine is used to treat the life threatening symptoms of anaphylaxis. A tracheotomy can be performed to bypass the blocked breathing passages and allow for exchange of air within the lungs.