Anaphylaxis is a life threatening allergy characterised by:
- difficulty breathing
- swelling of the mouth and throat, and
Collapse and unconsciousness follow swiftly. The whole body is affected by the reaction usually within minutes of exposure to the allergen.
Common causes of anaphylaxis include:
- Wasp & Bee Stings
- Tree Nuts
- Fish & Shellfish
First Aid Treatment of anaphylactic reaction
- Sit the person down
- if feeling dizzy or faint lie them down and raise their legs.
- Call 999
- Assist them to find their medication (Epi-pen, Emerade or Jext device) and assist them to administer it into the upper outer thigh.
- Make a note of the time they injected themselves.
- Stay with them until help arrives.
- Be prepared to resuscitate if necessary.
What Anaphylaxis training courses are available?:
Two training courses are available for those who may be exposed to, or care for those who may be exposed to an anaphylactic reaction.
- The standard anaphylaxis and epi-pen training course is suitable for those who care for or are responsible for anyone who is known to suffer from severe allergic reactions.
- For those involved in food preparation and presentation, there is a specific Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis course, which looks in more detail at food-related causes of anaphylaxis, as well as how to treat sufferers.