Is anaphylactic shock the same as other shock?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Anaphylactic shock occurs from a severe allergic reaction. Anaphylactic shock is usually very sudden and comes on after contact with an allergen. Allergens may include food, insect bites or stings, or drugs. Tissues react suddenly to the allergen and symptoms develop rapidly. Symptoms, which may be more extensive than in other cases of shock, can include abdominal cramping, difficulty breathing, wheezing, heart palpitations, rash or redness, dizziness, itching, vomiting, or nasal congestion. In some cases, you may experience a swelling of the tongue, eyes, or face; fluid in the lungs; or bluish looking skin.

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