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The most effective treatment plan for anaphylaxis uses a multifaceted approach. Treatment plans are also individualized to best address the specific cause and severity of anaphylaxis, and the patient's age and medical history. In general, the allergies that can lead to anaphylaxis are treatable, although they are generally not curable.
Treatment of anaphylaxis begins with prevention. This includes diagnosing the specific allergen or allergens and avoiding exposure to them. For example, for a person who has been diagnosed with an allergy to wasp stings, should avoid areas where wasps are common.
Anaphylaxis is treated with an injectable form of the drug epinephrine. Epinephrine helps to reverse an anaphylactic reaction by opening the airways and easing breathing. People with severe allergies or a history of anaphylaxis need to carry a self-injecting device that contains epinephrine with them at all times. Immediate continuing care and medical monitoring in an emergency setting is necessary after any use of injectable epinephrine. This is because after the epinephrine wears off, the anaphylaxis can return.
Emergency treatment may also include other drugs, such as antihistamines and steroids given intravenously. These drugs reduce inflammation and swelling, help ease breathing, and help to prevent the return of symptoms. Albuterol, which also helps breathing, may be given via a device in which the medication is dissolved in a fine mist that patient inhales into the airway and lungs. Supplemental oxygen is also given.
In severe cases, a person with anaphylaxis may need treatment with CPR and advanced life-support measures.
Some of the possible treatments for Anaphylaxis from various sources may include:
The following treatments are listed for Anaphylaxis in our knowledge base:
Some of the drugs and medications used in the treatment of Anaphylaxis may include:
Unlabelled alternative drug treatments for Anaphylaxis may include:
The following medications/drugs/procedures are some of the latest treatments for Anaphylaxis:
Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Anaphylaxis:
More causes: not all possible causes for Anaphylaxis are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Anaphylaxis.
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
The following list of conditions have 'Anaphylaxis' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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