Anaphylactic Syndrome

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Definition

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening type of allergic reaction.


Alternative Names

Anaphylactic reaction; Anaphylactic shock; Shock - anaphylactic


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Anaphylaxis is a severe, whole-body allergic reaction to a chemical that has become an allergen. After being exposed to a substance such as bee sting venom, the person's immune system becomes sensitized to it. On a later exposure to that allergen, an allergic reaction may occur. This reaction happens quickly...

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