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is my allergy anaphylactic

I have a food allergy that causes any body part that comes in contact with the food to swell up. Is that considered anaphylactic?

11 Answers

By definition, anaphylaxis is throat or tongue swelling, shortness of breath, and hypotension (low blood pressure) over minutes to hours.
So, if the reaction remains localized, it is not anaphylaxis then.

Suzanne Sirota Rozenberg, DO, FAOCD
It could lead to serious reaction and require treatment. Need to ask more specific questions
No. Anaphylaxis usually means difficulty breathing and may involve wheezing, passing out, air hunger, feeling of impending doom, cough, hoarseness, chest tightness. It can also involve nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramping. There may be red or white color to the face or body. And there can be swelling of the throat or other parts of the body, as well as rash, hives, welts. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.
Anaphylactic allergic reactions are serious life-threatening emergencies when the airways swell and compromise breathing. What you are experiencing is allergic contact dermatitis.
No. Anaphylaxis is typically a life-threating swelling of the body, more specifically the airways. You are experiencing urticaria and/or angioedema. This is simply a rush of fluid from suddenly leaky blood vessels triggered by histamine release from the allergic reaction.
It sounds more like contact dermatitis.
No, it is NOT anaphylactic. If it is limited to the skin only, it is not. It is considered cutaneous (pertaining or related to the skin).
That is contact dermatitis. If contact causes swelling up, avoid contact. Food contact your legs, butt, etc? How?
Yes it is anaphylaxis since the skin swelled up on contact to the food protein that you are allergic to. The two most common food protein allergic reactions would be respiratory and skin related.
I would recommend an Allergist evaluation to foods and carrying an Epinephrine pen for emergencies.
A reaction is anaphylactic if your airway is compromised I.e.if your throat swells & you can't breathe.
Anaphylactic reaction would cause severe respiratory Problem
If not treated urgently patient can die
What you describe is most likely an urticaria reaction