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Untreated anaphylaxis can be fatal

Anaphylaxis can start with a tingling sensation, itching, metallic taste in mouth, hives, warm sensation, asthma symptoms, mouth and throat swelling, breathing difficulty, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, decreased blood pressure and unconsciousness. Anaphylaxis is swift and caused by an allergy that involves the skin, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular system. The reaction can occur minutes or up to two hours after contact with the allergen. Allergens include foods, medications, insect stings and latex. It can be a mild or fatal condition if not treated immediately. Epinephrine is the most commonly used drug to treat the condition.

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About: Untreated anaphylaxis can be fatal

Date: 30 November 2004

Source: Forbes

Author: Anne Thompson

URL: http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/health/feeds/hscout/2004/11/30/hscout522580.html

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