What is Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a life threatening allergy characterised by:

  • difficulty breathing
  • swelling of the mouth and throat, and
  • rashes.

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:

  • Peanuts
  • Wasp & Bee Stings
  • Tree Nuts
  • Kiwi
  • Milk
  • Sesame
  • Fish & Shellfish
  • Latex
  • Drugs
  • Penicillin
  • Lupin

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.

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