Guide­lines to treat­ing ana­phy­lac­tic shocks

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

THE NUM­BER of peo­ple ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal with lifethreat­en­ing ana­phy­lac­tic shock – in­volv­ing sud­den swelling, breath­less­ness and low blood pres­sure – has in­creased by at least 700% in the last two decades.

Ana­phy­laxis is of­ten trig­gered by an al­lergy. The num­bers of peo­ple af­fected by al­ler­gies have tre­bled in the past 20 years and it is es­ti­mated that a third of the pop­u­la­tion will de­velop an al­lergy at some point in their lives.

The first guide­lines for treat­ing the con­di­tion, pub­lished by the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Clin­i­cal Ex­cel­lence, say doc­tors should record the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the re­ac­tion to help iden­tify the cause, and en­sure an adren­a­line in­jec­tor is given to pa­tients af­ter emer­gency treat­ment.

Pa­tients can then give them­selves a shot of adren­a­line, which may be life sav­ing, in the event of an­other at­tack. – The In­de­pen­dent

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