Anaphylaxis leads to severe breathing difficulties and potential unconsciousness. It is considered to be a medical emergency. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can affect the whole body. It can lead to serious breathing difficulties and a loss of consciousness. It can be fatal if not treated quickly. It is a medical emergency.

Immediate medical attention is needed if there is:

  • nausea and vomiting
  • swelling of the lining of the mouth, tongue, lips, and throat, causing breathing difficulty
  • cold and clammy skin
  • rapid heartbeat
  • faintness or lightheadedness
  • an unexpectedly abrupt feeling of intense anxiety
  • People with hives need to be alert for further symptoms which could indicate an anaphylactic reaction.