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What should you know about anesthesia allergies?

As you prepare for your surgery, you'll likely be reading all about anesthesia and how it's crucial to most operations. But what do you do if you have an allergy to anesthesia? How exactly does this manifest, and how do doctors handle the situation?

The World Allergy Organization shows that immediate sensitivity or even anaphylactic shock can occur during the administration of anesthesia. Since these symptoms have a very sudden onset and doctors don't have any preemptive means of tackling them, quick treatment once symptoms begin appearing is of utmost important. This is why vigilance during any operation involving anesthesia is so crucial.

It's estimated that allergic reactions will occur once in every 1,250 to 10,000 anesthetics, which is a very wide margin for numerous reasons including the varying severity of these reactions. Of these cases, allergic reactions comprise up to 60 percent of all hypersensitivity cases. It's possible for non-allergic anaphylaxis to occur as well, and the symptoms are usually less severe than when allergies are involved. However, unlike allergies, it's possible for this reaction to occur in you even if you've never been exposed to anesthesia before. It's therefore difficult to predict whether or not any reaction will happen.

Because these reactions and their related severity are so hard to predict, it can be difficult for a doctor to determine whether or not you're at risk, especially if you haven't ever had a procedure with anesthesia before. If anesthesia-related issues cause you medical distress, you may want to talk to an attorney to see if you're eligible for compensation.

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