Asthma sufferers at greater riskfor allergic shock

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By Corvallis Mom on Wed, 06-13-07, 16:10

Asthma Sufferers At Greater Risk For Allergic Shock, Says New Report From Harvard Medical School
13 Jun 2007

Asthma, even a mild form, is the single most important factor that increases the risk of death from anaphylaxis (allergic shock), says a new report from Harvard Medical School, What To Do About Allergies.

Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction affecting the entire body. It ranges from relatively mild to life-threatening. In the United States, anaphylaxis is responsible for somewhere between 500 and 1,000 deaths each year, mainly of children and adolescents. Peanuts and tree nuts (such as walnuts) appear to be the prime culprits and account for most of the deaths from anaphylaxis in children.

A person experiencing anaphylaxis may first feel flushed, sneeze, itch, and develop hives, nasal congestion, and watery red eyes. Symptoms then progress to difficulty breathing and swelling of the throat and tongue, which is sometimes associated with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Next blood pressure may drop, followed by fainting or loss of consciousness, shock, and - - without swift treatment -- death.

Those at risk for anaphylaxis should carry epinephrine (adrenaline) with them at all times. This advice is especially true for people who have both asthma and a food allergy. Epinephrine is available by prescription in an autoinjector device. In one study, anaphylaxis deaths in children were associated with late administration of epinephrine and coexisting asthma.

If you treat anaphylaxis symptoms with epinephrine, you still need to go immediately to the emergency room. A systemic (bodywide) reaction may repeat several times. An autoinjector device is only a stopgap measure.

What To Do About Allergies was edited by Mariana C. Castells, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Director of the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Training Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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By SpudBerry on Wed, 06-13-07, 19:37

Quote:Originally posted by Corvallis Mom:
[b]In the United States, anaphylaxis is responsible for somewhere between 500 and 1,000 deaths each year, mainly of children and adolescents. Peanuts and tree nuts (such as walnuts) appear to be the prime culprits and account for most of the deaths from anaphylaxis in children.[/b]

Some times these types of number hit me like I was socked in the gut. Then it brings tears to my eyes. I don't know why - but every now & then it feels like I'm learning the severity of my sons' allergies for the first time ever.

Thanks for posting this - I printed it out to add to my documents I bring along for my 504 meetings. Some times I think it's good to sock their teachers in the gut with the facts too. And I don't mean to beat them over the head with it - but do remind them that this is their LIVES we are talking about.

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Sherlyn
Mom to 7 year old twins Ben & Mike
One PA since 13 months
One PA since 7 years
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Mom to 7 year old twins Ben & Mike
One PA since 13 months
One PA since 7 years
Stay Informed And Peanut Free!

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By PennMom on Wed, 06-13-07, 23:01

Thanks for posting-others have said (and FAAN still has on website) 150- 200 deaths a year? The 500 to 1000 sounds so high from what I remember? If it's really found to be that high now I wish that fact would be corrected among all- it would help bring attention. I'm hoping it's more like the lower number- either way sad, sad statistics.

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By that'smetrying on Thu, 06-14-07, 03:05

That 500-1000 number is due to the fact that most are penicillin related anaphylaxis.

[url="http://www.epipen.com/anaphylaxis_whatis.aspx"]www.epipen.com/anaphylaxis_whatis.aspx[/url]

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