An allergic reaction can cause breathing problems.
Allergic reactions can be caused by:
Allergic reactions can be mild or severe. A person with a mild reaction may develop a burning or itching of the skin. More severe reactions will involve the airway. This severe reaction involving the airway is called ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK and is a true emergency.
Signs of Anaphylactic shock
The signs of an allergic reaction will occur very quickly. Once exposed to the irritant, the reaction will not be delayed but will happen within minutes of the exposure.
Reactions that develop into anaphylactic shock need medication as soon as possible. People who know they have such reactions to certain things may carry medication to reverse the reaction. The patient may administer these medications, usually epinephrine and/or antihistamines. You may help the patient take their medicine.