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What is anaphylaxis?
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Anaphylaxis, also called anaphylactic shock, is an acute, life-threatening allergic reaction. The reaction affects different organs in the body, one or several at a time. Even if the initial symptoms are experienced mildly, there is a risk that they may rapidly turn into a serious and severe condition. Anaphylaxis can occur immediately or within minutes, depending on the route of exposure, and can worsen quickly.   

Common anaphylaxis symptoms can include:

  • A sudden drop in blood pressure;
  • Abdominal pain;
  • Hives;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Swelling around the eyes and the mouth;
  • Tingling and itching around the mouth;
  • Weak and rapid pulse.

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