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You may deem the term anaphylaxis familiar, but anaphylactic shock is definitely better. This occurrence is the result of a severe allergic reaction. Anaphylactic shock happens when the organism wants to battle the allergy. It does so by releasing a myriad of chemical which floods the body immensely. pIt can occur in the blink of an eye, without any warning whatsoever. That's why it's so dangerous, plus the fact that very few people are knowledgeable about it. Thus, we've decided to take it up a notch and bring you the ten most common causes of anaphylaxis. With a sufficient amount of knowledge, you may be in a situation to save someone's life. Let's take a look at the nitty-gritty of this condition.  

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Certain Antibiotics

This useful and somewhat miraculous drug can do bad things too, unfortunately. As some people are allergic to it, it can cause a pretty severe anaphylactic shock to the organism. Such a thing occurs because antibiotics are strong. It is concentrated in comparison to other meds. In case of anaphylaxis, the best way to act in such a situation is calling 911. Because of this, you may be inclined to watch over your friend or loved one before they arrive. In such a situation, it would be best to avoid any oral medication. This is due to an abnormal tightness of the breathing tubes.

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Insect Stings

The best treatment, in this case, would be to administer an EpiPen. It contains a small dose of adrenaline. If the person doesn't have it on him or her, then 911 is the main option yet again. Another thing to do is to sanitize the spot where the insect stung. Such an action may remove the chemical from the sensitive spot.

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Tree nuts

Some people have an extremely volatile nut allergy. In some cases, even the slightest touch of a nut, mentions ingestion. It can cause your body to fall into anaphylaxis. Things like this sometimes happen with protein powders. These substances are stored in the same containers as nut-based products. Therefore, contact is imminent. In case of nut ingestion, the best bet would be to cause the person to regurgitate the eaten nut. This may cause the anaphylaxis to settle down and stop being so intense. If this doesn't work, then the doctors may have the esophagus washed out.

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Milk

Lactose-intolerance is a tricky allergy. It's in such a strange position mostly because you never know where you may encounter milk. Sure, it's easy to avoid glasses of milk, but other products may cause subsequent problems. For instance, many ice cream mixes and candy bars have lots of milk in them. This can easily cause severe anaphylaxis. If you've ingested a small amount of milk, washing it away with some water or throwing up is a good call. Whatever contained the milk can be easily regurgitated. This usually doesn't happen very often, as people are aware of what they can and can’t' eat.

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Eggs

Egg allergies can also be a major contributor to the appearance of anaphylaxis. Such an instance happens when eggs are a part of some other gastronomical mix. You may be tricked into trying a dish, without even suspecting that it may contain eggs. By noticing what's going on with a person who has anaphylaxis, you give him a chance. The best thing he or she can receive is cortisone. This substance will open up the airways and cause the tenseness to disappear. It can make the anaphylaxis go away in a matter of seconds.

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Latex

Latex is a rubber agent that may be the reason for an anaphylactic shock. It has a strange structure that might severely irritate the skin of some people. Also, it leads to severe consequences. Because of this, the reaction might go unnoticed before it's too late. A common reason for latex-induced anaphylaxis is costume wearing and sometimes even condoms. Latex allergies can lead to a stronger anaphylaxis than other reasons on the list. Therefore, you might think that it's not solvable. Fortunately, there is no such thing as unsolvable anaphylaxis. Epinephrine can be administered right away and can save any man's life.

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Exercise

If you're breathing pollen, you are already in the presence of allergenic substances. This may not be so worrisome, but it can become under certain circumstances. For example, jogging is known to trigger anaphylaxis mostly due to a high blood pressure. It may happen, but it's important to know that it's rare and that doesn't last as long. When confronted with such a situation, your best bet is to relax and drink plenty of water. As soon as you’re breathing calms down, it may be wise to sit down and not resume the physical activity. A good piece of advice would be to call 911 so that they can assess the situation.

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A previous anaphylactic reaction

There is substantial evidence about the so-called anaphylaxis proneness. Even though it may seem preposterous to some, it does exist. People who have lived through anaphylactic reactions are likely to experience it again. Even though it might be unclear why does this proneness form, there might be some truth in the whole notion of it. There are several types of allergy-calming medications. If you take them regularly, they will prevent the allergy from becoming too serious. Your body will be thankful.

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Asthma

Asthmatic people generally tend to have tight airways. In case of an anaphylactic reaction, those airways might become even tighter. That worsens the initial reaction and puts you at a real risk of suffocation. An asthma pump can be a great tool in preventing this from happening. Patients with asthma generally benefit from the use of a medication called Ventolin. It is a corticosteroid which increases blood flow and expands the airways.

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Idiopathic Anaphylaxis

This basically means that there is no apparent cause of anaphylaxis. Such an occurrence may mean that there is a problem or that there was a "mess-up." Because of this, the doctors may monitor you're more than you need, just in case. If you had problems with idiopathic anaphylaxis, it's best to check if your blood pressure is high. Stress is also a cause of this.

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