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What should I do if a person with anaphylaxis stops breathing?

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If the person stops breathing, perform CPR right away, if you know how. Continue CPR until the person begins to breathe again or emergency responders take over.

Certain medicines, like beta-blockers for high blood pressure and ACE inhibitors for heart disease can make it harder to treat an anaphylactic reaction. If you’ve have had a severe allergic reaction and are taking either of these drugs, ask your doctor if you should change your medication.

SOURCES: 

Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters: "The diagnosis and management of anaphylaxis practice parameter: 2010 Update."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Anaphylaxis."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Anaphylaxis."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Anaphylaxis: Overview.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anaphylaxis: Symptoms.”

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 11, 2018

SOURCES: 

Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters: "The diagnosis and management of anaphylaxis practice parameter: 2010 Update."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Anaphylaxis."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Anaphylaxis."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Anaphylaxis: Overview.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anaphylaxis: Symptoms.”

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 11, 2018

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