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.
• Swelling of face, lips and eyes
• Skin rash and/or itch e.g. hives
• Tingling mouth
• Runny/itchy nose, sneezing
• Stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting
• Swelling of tongue and/or throat
• Difficulty swallowing or speaking
• Hoarse voice
• Wheeze or persistent cough
• Difficult noisy breathing
• Dizziness / collapse / loss of consciousness
• 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