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Is anaphylactic shock dangerous?

Low blood pressure and shock may accompany a severe allergic reaction. Death from anaphylaxis may happen quickly because a person’s breathing has become severely restricted.
Anaphylaxis is defined as a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death. It must be quickly determined and treated to avoid a life-threatening situation. Death from anaphylaxis usually results from choking due to upper airway swelling or from breathing failure due to lung obstruction and, less commonly, from heart failure. Epinephrine must be administered when signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis appear to be life-threatening.

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