Difference between Asthma attack and Anaphylaxis

Posted on: Sat, 08/13/2005 - 2:53am
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

The death of the young man in Texas has me wondering.

1. If an asthmatic PA person has an asthma attack in response to exposure to peanuts, is this still considered anaphylaxis?

2. How would a paramedic be able to tell the difference between respiratory distress from anaphylaxis (assuming respiratory distress was his only obvious symptom) and full-blown respiratory distress from asthma. Aren't the symptoms the same; wheezing - using accessory muscles, hypoxia, etc? (isn't asthma wheezing on exhalation? Is respiratory distress from ana on inhalation?)

3. If someone having an asthma attack was treated ONLY with epi - would this be sufficient?

And the question I'm leading up to is:
4. If the young man in Texas was treated for anaphylaxis when in fact he was having an unrelated asthma attack could this be a factor in his death?

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