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Idiopathic Anaphylaxis

Overview of idiopathic anaphylaxis (IA)

Pregnancy and idiopathic anaphylaxis: Can you carry a fetus to term with IA?


Introduction: What is anaphylaxis?

What happens? When someone has anaphylaxis, what, exactly, happens inside his/her body?

What are the symptoms? How can we tell if someone is having anaphylaxis?

What do the visible symptoms look like? What obvious physical signs can we look for? (Photographs)

What causes anaphylaxis? What are the conditions that can cause anaphylaxis?

What specific allergens trigger anaphylaxis?




Biologic substances (human)


Contrast media

Drug additives (excipients)


Food additives


Herbals and supplements

Insects and parasites



Monoclonal and humanized antibodies

Nuts and seeds




In memoriam: A page dedicated to those who have died from anaphylaxis





Understanding third-spacing

But is it anaphylaxis?

Flushing? Don't sweat it! Difference between cholinergic and mast cell flushes

Mast cells

Carboxypeptidase: A new marker for anaphylaxis?

Histamine — Beyond mast cells

A new kind of SAD? Sleep and depression in mast cell-related diseases

Other topics

Study finds allergy-like reaction may trigger rosacea Cathelicidins

Probiotic drinks reduce antibiotic-induced diarrhea



Anaphylaxis: Frequently asked questions

Can vitamin D deficiency cause anaphylaxis?

Could using an EpiPen cause a more severe attack?

Why doesn't epinephrine come in tablet form?

What's the difference between epinephrine and adrenaline?

Why bother testing tryptase in the ER?

Can anaphylaxis affect our eyes?

Skin prick tests, allergens, and anaphylaxis?

Idiopathic anaphylaxis (IA): Frequently asked questions

Is eye dryness due to IA?

Can Hashimoto’s thyroiditis cause IA?

Do anyone's attacks occur at the same time of day?

Should I stop or cut back on my IA meds?

Is protein in urine due to IA?

Mast cells: Frequently asked questions

Are there mast cells in our gums?

How many mast cells does a normal person have?

Misconceptions: Frequently asked questions

What’s a “pseudo allergic reaction”?

Can dust mites cause anaphylaxis?

Was the first person to die of anaphylaxis an Egyptian pharaoh?

Does “angioneurotic” mean only neurotics have angioedema?

Is there a connection between multiple chemical sensitivity and IA?


Introduction to Our Blog

Do allergies really explain anaphylaxis?

Promising projects? New research on making peanuts safer, synthesizing a safer form of protamine, and the creation of new medications to fight infections (6/16/11)

Chipping away at IA? A new study suggests a variant form of mastocytosis may be more common than previously thought (04/02/11)

Atypical anaphylaxis: When some symptoms are lacking (03/24/11)

Death by mouthwash: Chlorhexidine hypersensitivity (03/23/11)

Diagnosed but untreated, child dies: Lucy Crean's unnecessary death (03/20/11)

Deadly pastime: Bullying food-allergic children (03/15/11)

The Rodney Dangerfield of rare diseases: Idiopathic anaphylaxis (02/27/11)

Hives, hypertension and thyroid problems: Blood vessel damage and chronic urticaria (12/01/10)

Building awareness, one story at a time...: Raising awareness of anaphylaxis in Canada (10/02/10)

The latex-fruit syndrome (09/23/10)

Here, there and everywhere: Opening up the IA Information Center web site (09/18/10)

A fruitless call to arms: Fruit = fat? (11/18/09)

Of CRAC channels and CysLTs: Of positive feedback loops and the efficacy of double-pronged attacks (11/17/09)

The table from hell: Differential diagnosis of anaphylaxis (11/14/09)

Public thank you: To Charles E. Hess, MD, and Lindsey Krstic, BA, RN, of the Microscopic Hematology site (11/11/09)

Sizing up allergic shiners What "raccoon eyes" tell us (11/9/09)

Idiopathic systemic capillary leak syndrome: Third-spacing with a vengeance (11/7/09)

So when is an amino acid essential? (11/3/09)

About that illustration... (10/31/09)

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Page last updated: January 18, 2012

All information contained in this site is one layperson's interpretation of medical journal articles, textbooks, seminars, presentations, and other materials. Nothing that is stated here should carry more weight than the informed and considered opinions of your own highly trained and qualified medical caregivers. The author of this site is not a doctor and has absolutely no authority to prescribe or diagnose.

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