Monday, January 13, 2014

No ifs, ands, or NUTS!


Anaphylaxis, that’s what!

The Mayo Clinic defines anaphylaxis as a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. It can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to something you're allergic to, such as a peanut or the venom from a bee sting.  Anaphylaxis generally begins within minutes after the person comes in contact with an allergen.  Systemic allergic reactions, or anaphylaxis, occur when multiple body functions are involved in the reaction to an allergen. 

But what is involved in a “potentially life-threatening reaction”?
o   Body tissues may swell in the mouth, tongue, and the throat making it difficult for the person to breathe.
o   Blood pressure may drop drastically cause the patient to lose consciousness
o   Hives may appear over the entire body.
o   The person may experience dizziness or shock.

It is the combination of these symptoms that make severe allergies life-threatening and access to treatment plans so critical. For these types of reactions, administration of an epinephrine injection may be the person’s only chance for survival.
Watch this blog for upcoming training seminars to learn how to safely administer an epinephrine injector.  Learn to save a life!

Keep out of the nut house!

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