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Anaphylaxis: An Allergic Emergency

The Science of
Anaphylaxis

A young boy having
an anaphylactic reaction

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Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening reaction. This reaction can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to an allergen. Symptoms include red raised blotches over most of the body, skin becomes warm to the touch, intense tightening and swelling of the airway makes breathing difficult, and there is a drop in blood pressure. Breathing can stop and the body may slip into shock. If medication is not quickly administered, heart failure and death can result within minutes.

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