What is anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that happens to some people who have allergies to food, insect stings, drugs or latex.
Symptoms can occur very quickly and affect your entire body. Signs usually start within 5 to 30 minutes of coming into contact with the allergic trigger. Warning signs may include: red rash, with welts, that is usually itchy, itching and swelling in the throat or swollen areas of the body, wheezing, passing out, chest tightness, trouble breathing, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, vomiting/diarrhea, stomach cramping, lightheadedness, loss of color to skin.
Anaphylaxis requires immediate medical treatment. If you think you are having this type of reaction, use your autoinjectable epinephrine and call 911 immediately. Then call for evaluation.