Symptoms of an allergic reaction vary depending on the body part affected and the severity of the reaction. Some reactions affect many areas, while others affect just one area. Reactions to the same allergen vary by individual.
Nearly a third of people living in the U.S. believe they have a food allergy, according to a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association . But only 5% of children and 4% of teens and adults have true food allergies.
Why do many people think they have a food allergy when they don't?
Experts say it’s because people don’t understand what really constitutes a food allergy and they often misuse the term.
“Unfortunately, the term ‘allergy’ is sometimes used by the public...
Anaphylaxis is serious, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction which is rapid, or sudden, and potentially life-threatening.
One sign of anaphylaxis is shock. Shock has a very specific meaning in medicine: the organs of the body are not getting enough blood because of dangerously low blood pressure. This drop in blood pressure happens when the large blood vessels suddenly expand. If the drop in blood pressure is sudden and drastic, it can lead to unconsciousness, even cardiac arrest and death.
The person in shock may be pale or red, sweaty or dry, confused, anxious, or unconscious.
Breathing may be difficult or noisy, or the person may be unable to breathe.