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Anaphylaxis

General Information

Reacting fast to anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening or severe allergic reaction. It’s when your body responds to a substance that triggers your immune system to react – an allergen. Some people are born with hypersensitivity to certain allergens.

Common allergens that trigger anaphylaxis include:

  • Medications like penicillin or other antibiotics
  • Foods, especially soy, wheat, peanuts, fish, cow’s milk and eggs
  • Insect stings from fire ants, wasps, bees or hornets
  • Latex

If you or someone near you has a severe allergic reaction, Goshen Hospital Emergency Department can quickly provide the medical expertise you need. Our experienced team is dedicated to your care and prepared to treat anaphylaxis. Call 911 or come to our state-of-the-art emergency room on 200 High Park Ave.

What are the signs of anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis symptoms often come on quickly and may include:

  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing or sudden shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Hives
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dizziness
  • Swollen throat, tongue, face or lips
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Unconsciousness

It’s important to go to the ER if you experience these symptoms to promptly get treatment.

Treatment for severe allergic reaction at our ER

People with allergies are usually prescribed epinephrine autoinjectors to help control symptoms if they’re exposed to an allergen. If you’re with someone experiencing anaphylaxis, use the autoinjector and still seek medical help.

When you arrive at Goshen Hospital Emergency Department, our board certified physicians and nurses quickly determine your treatment based on the allergy and your quick onset symptoms. We understand that going to the ER can be scary and strive to offer you peace of mind and outstanding emergency care. Rely on the Goshen Health team to deliver clinical excellence during your emergency and any follow-up care.

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