This edition: Saving Lives
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction: a true Allergic Emergency. It can occur within seconds or take up to an hour...but once the reaction begins it can involve the entire body and be rapidly fatal. The most common triggers include drug reactions, food reactions and insect stings. In this program we will meet both doctors and patients who fight allergic emergencies on a daily basis. We'll hear what the risk factors for anaphylaxis are as well as the early signs and symptoms. We'll see how patients live their day-to-day lives knowing that exposure to a particular allergen could send them, or their child to the emergency room or worse. We will highlight how to avoid an allergic emergency and what actions must be taken during an allergic emergency that can save lives.