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Feb
10

TOP TIPS IN CASE OF ANAPHYLAXIS

Author : Hazel Econs
Related Conditions : Anaphylaxis (Nut Allergy)

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction and potentially life-threatening.  If you or someone you know has a severe allergy it is important to be prepared and know what to do in the case of a reaction.

    •    Avoid known allegrens
    •    If your child has an allergy, teach to avoid their allergic triggers.
    •    Know the symptoms to look out for.

Symptoms can range from mild to moderate or severe.

Mild-Moderate symptoms
    •    Swelling of face, lips and eyes
    •    Skin rash and/or itch e.g. hives
    •    Tingling mouth
    •    Runny/itchy nose, sneezing
    •    Stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting

Severe Symptoms
    •    Swelling of tongue and/or throat
    •    Difficulty swallowing or speaking
    •    Hoarse voice
    •    Wheeze or persistent cough
    •    Difficult noisy breathing
    •    Dizziness / collapse / loss of consciousness


TOP TIPS
    •    Stay with the person and call for help
    •    If symptoms are mild to moderate, as above, give any medicines for mild reactions that the person has i.e. anti-histamines
    •    If the person has been prescribed an adrenaline auto-injector find and read instructions
    •    Keep watching that symptoms do not become severe, as above
    •    If severe,  lay person flat, if have difficulty breathing allow to sit
    •    Use adrenaline auto-injector
    •    Call an ambulance (999)
    •    If no response in 5 minutes give second adrenaline auto-injector if available

IF IN DOUBT USE THE ADRENALINE AUTO-INJECTOR

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