Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction. It usually occurs quickly after exposure to something the person is allergic to, and is potentially life threatening.
- Someone having anaphylaxis needs immediate treatment and medical attention.
- Life-threatening symptoms are those that affect your airways making it hard to breathe, or your circulation system, causing dizziness or collapse.
- Signs to watch for are:
- difficult/noisy breathing
- swelling of the tongue
- swelling or tightness in the throat
- difficulty talking or hoarse voice
- wheeze or persistent cough
- persistent dizziness or collapse
- pale and floppy (young children)
- abdominal pain or diarrhoea (can be a sign of anaphylaxis in bee/wasp sting reaction).
Treat anaphylaxis immediately by following the steps below.
If you or someone you care for experiences the following symptoms, give adrenaline if available and call 111 for an ambulance:
*The instructions will be on the side of the EpiPen, and the person may have an Anaphylaxis Action Plan with the EpiPen.