What is a Life-Threatening Allergic Reaction (Anaphylaxis)?
Anaphylaxis (a-na-fi-LAX-is) is a life-threatening allergic reaction that can occur quickly (as fast as within a couple of minutes). Symptoms of a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) vary, but can include hives, itching, flushing, and swelling of the lips, tongue, and roof of mouth. The airway is often affected, resulting in tightness of the throat, chest tightness and difficulty breathing. These reactions can also be accompanied by chest pain, low blood pressure, dizziness and headaches. A life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) can be caused by a number of triggers, including but not limited to certain foods, stinging and biting insects, medications, and latex.
Make sure you speak with your health care professional about how to identify the signs and symptoms of a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). If you, your child or someone you're caring for shows signs or symptoms of a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), inject the health care professional-prescribed EpiPen®(epinephrine) or EpiPen Jr.®(epinephrine) immediately, then promptly call 911 and seek immediate medical attention. Failure to inject EpiPen Auto-Injector at the first signs of a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) can be life threatening.