Anaphylaxis is a rare life-threatening emergency caused by a serious allergic reaction. Recognizing the signs of anaphylaxis and seeking immediate treatment can be the difference between life and death. Seek medical assistance immediately if you think you are having a life-threatening allergic reaction.

What is an allergic reaction?

The signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) can vary greatly from person to person. Allergic reactions may develop within seconds or evolve over the course of an hour or so.

The most common signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction:

  • Coughing, itchy throat or mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Irregular breathing or wheezing
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Itchiness, red bumps, hives or skin redness
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Chest discomfort or tightness

What is an allergy?

An allergy is when your body overreacts to a substance which previously did not cause any side effects. Some foods, allergens and medicines can cause serious allergic reactions. Allergens, which are particles in the air, cause the most symptoms including runny nose, watery eyes, itchiness and sneezing.

What causes an allergic reaction?

Allergic reactions can be caused by many things

  • Food allergies
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Reactions to medication

Should I seek help for my allergic reaction?

If you are questioning a potential allergic reaction, Our Urgent Care will help you identify the cause and treat symptoms that are non-severe and non-life threatening. If at any time you feel your symptoms occur suddenly and severely, seek medical help immediately.