Allergic reaction – a reaction that the body has in response to being in contact with an allergen. It can be localized to one organ system or systemic throughout the body. A local or systemic reaction can include tingling of the mouth, rash, breathing difficulties, muscle pain and many other symptoms but are not limited to these either. A severe reaction is also known as Anaphylaxis. This is a systemic allergic reaction or response that occurs in response to contact with an inciting substance and has been defined as “a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death”. Single organ involvement of the upper airway (larynx, oropharynx, or tongue) is not considered to be anaphylaxis.
Our treatment will always include a history and physical exam of the patient and then depending on the severity and symptoms. For examples topical prescriptions can by used for localized rashes and for breathing issues and or systemic rashes, steroids, breathing treatments and IV/IM medications can be needed as well. Severe allergic or anaphylactic reactions need to be evaluated carefully because they may require immediate intervention and hospitalization in order to prevent death.