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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN HAVE ANAPHYLAXIS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening reaction throughout the body that has a sudden onset and results from exposure to a triggering agent, such as a particular food, medication, or insect bite. It can affect multiple organ systems, including skin, the respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and/or central nervous systems. It can be immunologic, meaning due to release of a substance from cells called mast cells and basophils, the release being mediated by an antibody called IgE. The reaction also can be nonimmunologic, which is sometimes called an anaphylactoid reaction. Additionally, anaphylaxis can happen with no identifiable cause (idiopathic anaphylaxis).


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