Anaphylaxis

San Antonio Asthma & Allergy

Allergy and Asthma Specialists located in San Antonio, TX

San Antonio Asthma & Allergy in San Antonio, Texas, offers comprehensive care for all types of allergies and their related symptoms, including anaphylaxis. David Hrncir, MD, and the other board-certified allergists offer in-office allergy testing to pinpoint the cause of your anaphylactic reaction and work with you to establish an emergency treatment plan to prevent long-term health complications and premature death. If you experience anaphylaxis reactions to foods or your environment, don’t delay an evaluation. You can call San Antonio Asthma & Allergy today to book a consultation or request an appointment using the online booking tool.

Anaphylaxis Q&A

What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a serious, potentially life-threatening reaction to an allergy trigger. When you’re exposed to an allergen, your immune system overreacts by releasing antibodies that cause allergy symptoms.

If you have anaphylaxis, these antibodies trigger a sudden inflammation in your throat, which makes it difficult to breathe. You can also develop a variety of other symptoms that interfere with your general health.

What are the symptoms of anaphylaxis?

In addition to sudden inflammation in your throat, anaphylaxis can cause multiple symptoms that develop in many areas of your body at the same time, usually within 5-30 minutes after making contact with the allergen.

Other common symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Stomach cramps
  • Skin rash and hives
  • Diarrhea and vomiting

You may also be at an increased risk of losing consciousness. For some with anaphylaxis, it’s common to experience a sense of impending doom as symptoms develop.

The medical team at San Antonio Asthma & Allergy offers comprehensive, in-office allergy testing, including skin patch testing and blood work, to properly evaluate your immune system’s reaction to suspected allergens. Your provider also takes the time to listen to your symptoms to better understand possible allergy triggers.

Allergy testing confirms a true anaphylaxis diagnosis and helps your provider determine the right course of treatment for your allergies. The allergy team carefully monitors your health and safety throughout your allergy tests to prevent adverse allergic reactions.

How is anaphylaxis treated?

The San Antonio Asthma & Allergy medical team creates customized treatment plans to treat and prevent anaphylaxis. Your provider works closely with you to help you avoid contact with your allergy triggers. Together, you also develop a care plan for addressing anaphylaxis emergencies.

Emergency care for anaphylaxis typically involves an injection of epinephrine, a medication that quickly reverses inflammation in the throat to help you breathe. In addition to injecting the medication, you also need to seek immediate follow-up care at the local emergency room or by calling 911 to prevent additional health complications.  

If you need help managing allergies that can cause anaphylaxis, schedule an appointment at San Antonio Asthma & Allergy today by calling the office.