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Anaphylaxis (an–a–fi–LAK–sis) is a serious allergic reaction that typically comes on quickly and may cause death. This medical emergency requires immediate treatment and then follow-up care by an allergist / immunologist, often referred to as an allergist.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis include rapidly progressing hives, intense itching, sneezing fits, coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, violent intestinal upsets, dizziness and passing out. If left untreated this condition is fatal.

Allergists are trained in identifying the triggers, creating effective plans and in prevention of episodes.

(Information only; not intended to replace medical advice; adapted from AAAAI)