Frequently Asked Questions
What are the two most common signs of anaphylaxis?
What are two signs of anaphylaxis?
- abdominal cramps.
- heart palpitations.
- nausea and vomiting.
- swelling of the face, lips, or throat.
- skin reactions such as hives, itching, or peeling.
- breathing problems.
- dizziness or fainting.
- weak and rapid pulse.
What does anaphylaxis feel like?
The first signs of an anaphylactic reaction may look like typical allergy symptoms: a runny nose or a skin rash. But within about 30 minutes, more serious signs appear. There is usually more than one of these: Some people also remember feeling a "sense of doom” right before the attack.
What are common medication triggers for anaphylaxis?
What are the 5 most common triggers for anaphylaxis?
- foods – including nuts, milk, fish, shellfish, eggs and some fruits.
- medicines – including some antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin.
- insect stings – particularly wasp and bee stings.
- general anaesthetic.
What happens to the body during anaphylaxis?
This may accompany other symptoms, such as:
- a metallic taste in your mouth
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- swelling of the eyes, lips, and tongue
- throat swelling, which may block your airways
- confusion, anxiety, and weakness
- slurred speech, hoarse voice, and difficulty talking