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What are the signs of an allergic reaction to anesthesia?

On Behalf of | Jul 12, 2018 | Medical Malpractice

Unfortunately, there are some operations or medical treatments that will require you to go under anesthesia. However, if you have never been under anesthesia before, this can be somewhat risky. Some people have anesthesia allergies, and until you’re under, you may not know if you’re among them.

The World Allergy Organization has an entire page dedicated to potential allergies to anesthetic agents. After all, there are many different components to an anesthesia. You may be allergic to only one ingredient within it, or the combination of ingredients could be what triggers a reaction. This is why, even if you have past exposure to certain components in anesthesia, you might still exhibit allergic reactions.

Allergic reactions to anesthesia can range from very tame, barely noticeable signs, to potentially fatal ones. On the less severe end of the spectrum, many people with minimal reactions can experience symptoms typical for most mild allergies. This can include rashes, redness, itching or hives. Nausea is also extremely common, and even some people without allergic reactions may experience this. Headaches may occur as well.

On the more extreme end of things, it’s possible for people to have difficulty breathing or could suffer from a swollen throat or airways. In some cases, there may be issues with the pulse, such as arrhythmia, tachycardia, or even cardiac arrest.

If you have gone under anesthesia and experienced an allergic reaction that left you with medical complications, you may wish to consider contacting an attorney. It’s their job to help you obtain financial compensation for your struggles.