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Anaphylaxis prevalent but patients unprepared

KEY POINT

Anaphylaxis is more prevalent than once thought, occurring in nearly 1 out of every 50 Americans. Of individuals self-reporting a previous anaphylactic episode, only 11% said they used epinephrine to treat their symptoms and 10% reported calling for emergency services. Comparatively, up to one-third of patients cited using an antihistamine to treat symptoms. 

SOURCES

Wood RA, et al. Anaphylaxis in America: the prevalence and characteristics of anaphylaxis in the United States. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014;133:461–7.