What are the Common Causes of Anaphylaxis?

What are the Common Causes of Anaphylaxis?

Common causes

Many things can cause or “trigger” life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), including food, medicines, stinging and biting insects, allergy (immunotherapy) injections, exercise, or other unknown causes.

Foods

Such as peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, milk, eggs, sesame, and food additives.

Insect Stings

Often associated with bees, hornets, wasps, and ants, as well as bites from insects such as flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and caterpillars

Medicines

Such as penicillin, aspirin, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Rubber Latex

Such as that found in latex gloves and some medical and dental equipment as well as common household products

Exercise

Often overlooked. Sometimes associated with other factors that include aspirin, NSAIDs, or food ingestion before or after exercise

This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. We strongly encourage you to seek the advice of your healthcare provider with any questions regarding your medical condition.

Common Causes

Many things can cause or “trigger” life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), including food, medicines, stinging and biting insects, allergy (immunotherapy) injections, exercise, or other unknown causes.

Foods

Such as peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, milk, eggs, sesame, and food additives.

Insect Stings

Often associated with bees, hornets, wasps, and ants, as well as bites from insects such as flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and caterpillars

Medicines

Such as penicillin, aspirin, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Rubber Latex

Such as that found in latex gloves and some medical and dental equipment as well as common household products

Exercise

Often overlooked. Sometimes associated with other factors that include aspirin, NSAIDs, or food ingestion before or after exercise

This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. We strongly encourage you to seek the advice of your healthcare provider with any questions regarding your medical condition.

Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector?


  1. Epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector contains epinephrine, a medicine used to treat allergic emergencies (anaphylaxis). Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening, can happen within minutes, and can be caused by stinging and biting insects, allergy injections, foods, medicines, exercise or other unknown causes. Symptoms of an anaphylaxis may include:
    • trouble breathing
    • wheezing
    • hoarseness (changes in the way your voice sounds)
    • hives (raised reddened rash that may itch)
    • severe itching
    • swelling of your face, lips, mouth, or tongue
    • skin rash, redness, or swelling
    • fast heartbeat
    • weak pulse
    • feeling very anxious
    • confusion
    • stomach pain
    • losing control of urine or bowel movements (incontinence)
    • diarrhea or stomach cramps
    • dizziness, fainting, or “passing out” (unconsciousness).
  2. Always carry your epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector with you because you may not know when anaphylaxis may happen. Talk to your healthcare provider if you need additional units to keep at work, school, or other locations. Tell your family members, caregivers, and others where you keep your epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector and how to use it before you need it. You may be unable to speak in an allergic emergency.
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