Severe Allergic Reaction (Anaphylactic Shock) (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care for Allergic Reaction
Act quickly if someone experiences the symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction. True anaphylaxis is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment in an emergency department of a hospital, where the person can be watched closely and life-saving treatment can be given.
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Anaphylactic reactions are diagnosed solely on the basis of signs and symptoms.
Self-Care at Home fo Allergic Reaction
Do not attempt to treat severe reactions or to "wait it out" at home. Go immediately to the nearest emergency department or call an ambulance.
While waiting for the ambulance, try to stay calm.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/24/2016
Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
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