Anaphylaxis Specialist

Steven Schnipper, MD PC -  - Allergist

Steven Schnipper, MD PC

Allergist located in Murray Hill, New York, NY & New Rochelle, NY

If your allergies are severe, you might be at risk of an extreme reaction called anaphylaxis that can threaten your life. At the offices of Steven Schnipper MD PC in Murray Hill, Manhattan, and New Rochelle, New York, Steven Schnipper MD, a board-certified allergist, can help you learn to manage anaphylaxis quickly when it happens. For more information about anaphylaxis, call the office nearest you, or book an appointment online today.

Anaphylaxis Q & A

What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a serious type of allergic reaction that can threaten your life if you don’t get treatment quickly. It doesn’t happen to everyone, but it can occur as the result of different types of allergies, including food allergies, latex allergies, drug allergies, and insect stings. 

Many allergic reactions occur in just one part of your body. For example, an allergy might affect your sinuses or cause a skin rash. Anaphylaxis affects more than one part of your body at once. This happens because your body produces a lot of a chemical called histamine when exposed to a particular allergen. 

The reaction causes your blood vessels to dilate, which can lead to a drop in your blood pressure and causing your body to go into shock. To avoid anaphylactic shock, you must seek treatment for the symptoms of anaphylaxis as soon as they appear.

What are the symptoms of anaphylaxis?

You should familiarize yourself and those around you with the symptoms of anaphylaxis if you have a severe allergy. Typically, the symptoms start within 5-30 minutes of coming into contact with your allergen and can include:

  • Hives
  • Swollen throat
  • Trouble breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Itchy or tingly mouth
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Swelling in your limbs or genitals

If your anaphylaxis progresses into anaphylactic shock, your symptoms might include light-headedness, weakness, and even losing consciousness. Anaphylactic shock can kill you if you don’t get medical attention right away, so it’s crucial to catch the symptoms of anaphylaxis first. 

What kind of care does anaphylaxis require?

Obviously, identifying the cause of anaphylaxis is essential. Dr. Schnipper may do allergy tests to help identify the trigger. Once an allergic trigger is identified, it is essential to avoid it. For acute symptoms, prompt treatment is essential during anaphylaxis. Epinephrine is the treatment of choice for acute severe symptoms, and Dr. Schnipper can prescribe it for you, and show you how to use it.  If you’re prone to anaphylaxis, you’ll need to carry an epinephrine auto-injector with you at all times in case you come into contact with your allergen. Examples of auto-injectors include EpiPen and AuviQ. For less severe symptoms, other medications may be appropriate as well. 

To learn more about anaphylaxis and to find out how to provide immediate care for it, call Steven Schnipper MD PC for an appointment or book your visit online today.