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Anaphylaxis is the most dramatic and severe of all allergic reactions. Within minutes of ingestion of a food, drug or insect sting, swelling in the airway causes obstruction of ventilation and shortness of breath. This is also accompanied by loss or blood pressure and collapse. The combination of respiratory and circulatory failure can cause death if not immediately recognized. Fortunately, epinephrine, self or physician administered at the onset of symptoms is effective in aborting the attack in most people. Some people, rarely, may experience anaphylaxis for no apparent reason or cause.