Your severe allergies can find you when you least expect it.

It's time to face your risk. To start your journey, choose an allergen:

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But, it's also important to understand that sometimes, allergens can find you when you least expect it.

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Skin Symptoms

The skin is affected in nearly 90% of serious reactions.

This can be seen in swelling, hives or redness and can occur anywhere on the body.

Digestive Symptoms

Other symptoms can occur in the digestive system, including:

Severe allergic reaction symptom: crampsCRAMPS
Severe allergic reaction symptom: nauseaNAUSEA
Severe allergic reaction symptom: vomitingVOMITING
Severe allergic reaction symptom: diarrheaDIARRHEA

Cardiovascular Symptoms

Some of the most dangerous symptoms can occur when blood vessels leak fluid.

This can lead to low blood pressure, which can cause faintness, dizziness and rapid heartbeat.

In rare cases the heart can stop beating altogether.

Respiratory Symptoms

In the lungs, airways can tighten, making breathing difficult.

Swelling can cause the throat to become narrow. In rare cases, this can cut off breathing entirely.

It's important to understand that anaphylaxis is unpredictable.

You could experience any combination of these symptoms any time you're exposed.*

Anaphylaxis symptoms: eye and skin swelling
Anaphylaxis symptoms: nausea
Anaphylaxis symptoms: itchy mouth, swelling tongue
Anaphylaxis symptoms: cramps
Anaphylaxis symptoms: shortness of breath
Anaphylaxis symptoms: dizziness
Anaphylaxis symptoms: runny nose
Anaphylaxis symptoms: vomiting
Anaphylaxis symptoms: throat swelling
Anaphylaxis symptoms: diarrhea
Anaphylaxis symptoms: hives

And even if your last reaction seemed mild, your next one could still be life threatening.

How Do I Treat It?

If you have severe allergies, talk to your doctor about a first-line treatment for the life-threatening symptoms of anaphylaxis.

Helps reduce throat swelling

Helps expand airways

Helps elevate blood pressure

What about antihistamines?

Antihistamines aren't indicated to treat anaphylaxis. National food allergy guidelines state they should only be used as secondary treatment.

Although rare, death from anaphylaxis can occur in 15-30 minutes.

Antihistamines can take up to an hour to work.

And antihistamines can't treat the life-threatening symptoms of anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis affects the cardiovascular system

First things first: It's crucial to do everything you can to avoid what you're allergic to.

This includes, for example, giving special instructions when you eat out, reading ingredients labels at the grocery store and knowing what alternative names your allergen may go by.

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Face your risk by answering the following questions and talking to your doctor.

* Illustrations are for educational purposes only and are not a diagnostic tool.

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