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Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening hypersensitivity reaction and is a severe form of allergic response commonly occurring after contact with triggering agents like insect bites, peanuts, soy, wheat, shellfish, certain medications, etc. Signs and symptoms include rash and swelling of the skin, low blood pressure, shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, swelling of eyes, face, and limbs, chest pain, wheezing, itching, etc. Adrenaline injections are used for immediate management.

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I get occasional angioedema with urticaria. Will it cause anaphylaxis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old female. I was just diagnosed with chronic urticaria. I went to an allergic specialist for skin testing because my skin was so sensitive I reacted to everything. They then did the RAST test on me. Everything came out class 0 except for egg white, wheat, and oats bein...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to RAST (Radioallergosorbent test) is a highly accurate test. If the test is positive for a specific allergen, it shows that you are sensitized to that particular allergen. This means that you may mount an allergic response when you are exposed to that allergen. Howeve...  Read Full »

I am worried about developing anaphylaxis. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 27 years old and really worried about developing anaphylaxis to a local anesthetic. Even though I have had it twice without any problems, I would just like some information on how likely this is to happen and some information to help me put my mind to rest and stop worrying.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Radheshyam Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Anaphylaxis may last lifelong. Also, if you have not experienced a severe reaction in the past, you are unlikely to develop the same in future. Do not worry. Just be aware and keep rescue medicine always with you as standby.   Read Full »

Can anaphylactic patients take COVID-19 vaccination?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother had an anaphylactic reaction to Penicillin before. Local doctors have refused her vaccines Covaxin and Sinopharm. She previously had rashes after taking the soluble tablet Efferalgan (Paracetamol). We do not have the Covaxin vaccine anymore in my country, and I want to know if ...  Read Full »

Dr. Jebin Abraham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is better to avoid vaccination for her. Though it is not related to vaccine content, anaphylaxis risk is a serious concern. Kindly avoid any vaccine. Do not take second dose. It may cause a severe reaction this time. Any vaccine can have the risk of a reaction. We ca...  Read Full »

Can frequent exposure to bee sting cause anaphylaxis?

Query: Hello doctor, Few months ago I got stung by a bee in arm. It is not the first time I was stung by a bee, but this time 30 minutes after it happened, I got swelling under my eyes, on my cheeks and it was getting bigger as time passed. I went to ER and they gave me Corticosteroids IV. Now, I was wond...  Read Full »

Dr. Peter Bryant Rapsing Grutas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, that is correct. It seems you are allergic to bee sting. For an allergic reaction to develop, initial exposure must occur in order for your body to create an immune response to it. This might have happened a few months ago when you were stung before. Since t...  Read Full »

My doctor gave me Clindamycin before extraction. Is it safe?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a bad tooth and needed it to be removed when it showed an infection. The dentist provided me with Clindamycin as I am allergic to Penicillin and Amoxicillin, and they both induce anaphylaxis every time I try to take them. So I wanted to be sure that the Clindamycin was fine? I am...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Usually, in Penicillin allergic patients, Clindamycin can be given. But, still, if you want to make sure that you do not have an allergy to that as well, you can get an allergy test done for different antibiotics to be certain and find out which ones are safe for you...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment for anaphylaxis.

Query: Hi doctor, Last week, I was bitten by red ant. Within 5 minutes I was collapsed and immediately rushed to the hospital. My BP was low at 80/60 mmHg. It was detected as anaphylaxis. I hereby attaching the treatment sheet for your reference. Six months ago, my 2 year old son expired due to unknown ins...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on the information provided, it seems that you may have hereditary angioedema or a severe allergy to red ants. I strongly recommend consulting an allergy specialist who can conduct patch testing and specialized blood testing to identify other potential allergens...  Read Full »

How can we prevent anaphylactic shock?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a fear of anaphylaxis. I have no reason to have this. I ate a chocolate bar with hazelnuts which I have done a million times. The minute I ate it and thought about it, I got a rough throat and was convinced that I could not breathe properly. It is over an hour now, and I am settle...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Raza

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It will relapse over time, maybe after a while, or may take up to two days. Anaphylaxis is most common and is caused due to multiple reasons. It is best if you know the reason behind it so that you can avoid the stimulating factor. To prevent anaphylaxis shock or fur...  Read Full »

Is it possible to develop food allergy to almost all foods?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having severe allergic symptoms to almost every single food I eat and not really sure what to do. For the last year, I have been developing what seems like IgE type allergic reactions to literally every single food I eat. It is getting really bad. These potatoes I have been eat...  Read Full »

Dr. Yermal Tanmai Deelip

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and can understand your concern. As you rightly said there might be an allergy for a particular type of food you eat. You may have allergy probably to one particular type of food. You need to observe keenly over getting symptoms after e...  Read Full »

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