Editor: V. Dimov, M.D., Allergist/Immunologist, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Clinical Associate Professor, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

Anaphylaxis is a severe, whole-body allergic reaction to an allergen. Anaphylaxis happens quickly after allergen exposure, is severe, and involves the whole body. Anaphylaxis affects between 1.5% and 5% of people.

Anaphylaxis - Different Causes. Click here to enlarge the image.

Anaphylaxis action plan
Questions to ask if a patient has a suspected episode of anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis pocket card by AAAAI (PDF)

What to expect when visiting an allergy clinic

Current allergy skin tests are virtually painless. This video by Dr. Bassett, a board-certified allergist from New York City, shows what to expect when visiting an allergy clinic for diagnosis and treatment:

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How to manage anaphylaxis in primary care

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Published: 07/01/2007
Updated: 12/05/2018

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