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Dangers Associated with Allergic Reactions
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Dangers Associated with Allergic Reactions

2011-06-14

By Dr. Normand Dubé

Some 4% of people suffer from food allergies. Among children under the age of 5, this figure rises to 6%. A portion of the individuals affected by such allergies are at risk of experiencing severe reactions, which may even put their lives in danger. One result of these allergic (or “anaphylactic”) reactions is the danger to vital functions that occurs when respiration and blood pressure become compromised.

For these reasons, it is important to pay particular attention to any appearance of swelling of the tongue or throat, or any appearance of bronchospasms. As well, one must remain alert to symptoms of altered blood circulation, such as an increased pulse linked to feelings of weakness—which may lead to the loss of consciousness, and may even progress to shock or cardiac arrest.

At the first appearance of anaphylactic symptoms, it is important to seek immediate help from an emergency service (dial 9-1-1), so as to receive medical care without delay. Even those who carry an epinephrine auto-injector with them at all times must dial 9-1-1 in order to be treated at the closest emergency unit. Individuals in danger of such allergic reactions must familiarize themselves with anaphylactic symptoms so as to recognize them at an early stage.

Recognizing the symptoms of an allergic reaction—and being aware of elements that can worsen it—will help allergy sufferers react accordingly and thus minimize the risk of serious complications.

The views expressed are solely those of the author based on his/her knowledge and expertise and do not necessarily represent the views of the manufacturer.

If you think you are experiencing allergy symptoms, please consult your healthcare professional for a definitive diagnosis.

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