Immunology and Allergy Diseases Specialist Prof. Dr. In her written statement, Zeynep Mısırlıgil reminded that the 2nd week of June is accepted as ‘World Allergy Week’ every year by the World Allergy Organization (WAO).
prof. Dr. Misirligil said that it is aimed to raise awareness about allergic diseases in different themes all over the world every year and said, “This year, the theme is ‘Let’s Stop Anaphylaxis’.
It is aimed to raise awareness about anaphylaxis, a severe systemic allergic reaction known as allergic shock, which can have a sudden onset and rarely fatal course. Anaphylaxis, generalized redness, itching, rashes, swelling of the lips and eyes, tongue, uvula, hoarseness, feeling of choking, difficulty in swallowing, shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, wheezing, feeling of badness, drop in blood pressure, palpitation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea It may occur with the sudden appearance of symptoms belonging to many systems, such as loss of consciousness. Diagnosis can be made with the sudden appearance of symptoms of at least two organs.
prof. Dr. Misirligil stated that anaphylaxis should be considered when a sudden drop in blood pressure and shock is seen following the intake of a food or drug that is known to cause allergies, and said:
“Anaphylaxis is most commonly caused by food in children and drugs in adults. As it can be seen with allergens, the incidence of anaphylaxis increases especially in summer months in people with bee allergy. It is recommended that people who have had such an allergic reaction go to an allergist for further examination and always have a pre-filled auto-injector containing epinephrine, which they can use in an emergency. In addition, although very rare, cases of anaphylaxis (allergic reaction) have been reported with the Kovid-19 vaccines recently administered in our country.
Persons who describe a severe allergic reaction to polyethylene glycol or polysorbate substances in mRNA vaccines or who have had a severe allergic reaction at the first dose of the vaccine should consult an allergist before vaccination. It is recommended that those at risk of anaphylaxis receive the Kovid-19 vaccine in a hospital setting. Since severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis are usually seen within the first half hour, it is recommended to wait at least 30 minutes at the vaccination site.