Anaphylactic Shock
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Anaphylactic Shock

The article focuses on the signs and symptoms of Anaphylactic Shock, a reaction due to numerous allergies including food and seasonal. The article also informs the target audience of what precautions and procedures they must endure in case of one exhibits shock. Information used for massage therapists and how they should be aware of what materials they use prior to treatment of a patient.

 The Lymphatic System composed of the lymph vessels, nodes and organs. The functions of the system includes the absorption of excess fluids and returns the fluids back into the blood stream as well as absorbs the fat from the small intestine and the immune system functions. When one experiences a severe allergic reaction, the person can exhibit Anaphylaxis, a life threatening response to the allergy that begins with swelling and hives and result in low blood pressure and dilated blood vessels. After which the person can go into Anaphylactic shock, if not treated immediately can cause death.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis; a reaction of the allergy includes:

  • Severe itching in the eyes and face

  • Difficulty swallowing and breathing

  • Abdomen pain

  • Angioedrema , swelling and hiving underneath the skin.

Additional symptoms includes increase in heart rate, weakness, drop in blood pressure andif not treated in a time, death.

Like all allergies, there are triggers that can cause a reaction including food allergies such as nuts, shellfish, fish and sesame seeds. What makes this allergy different from others is that medications like penicillin and physical activities like exercise are more likely to cause a reaction well as pollen and dust has no affect.

Anaphylaxis affects more than 10% and is increasing in North America, most fatal cases result from accidental exposure. Tina F who is a student of Triton College suffers from anaphylaxis, one day a new local eatery was handing out samples of their Chinese food. She and the rest of her friends were like the rest of the students who jumped in line to get some before it was gone. Within minutes of eating the sample, her eyes begin to swell and itch, in addition began to mention how her breathing was slightly difficult. She went back to where the servers were handing out samples only to find out that the food was cooked in peanut oil. As a massage therapist, it is important to get knowledge about a client’s history of reactions, especially that certain oils and lubricants may contain peanut and almond oils that may trigger a reaction. Similar test such as skin and blood test are the most accurate to determine if one have severe allergies. It is highly recommended if a person is diagnosed with anaphylaxis to carry a portable epinephrine injection at all times, If one is not available, 2 tbsp sea salt and water helps slows the reactions. Increasing liver health, regulating bowel movement and cleansing the immune system are a few ways to help prevent the allergy.


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