Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that requires emergency medical attention.
Anaphylaxis occurs when the body’s immune system perceives a usually harmless substance, such as certain foods, as a threat and wrongly reacts to it.
Common triggers of anaphylaxis include foods (typically peanut, tree nut, egg, shellfish, fish, milk, soy and sesame), insect stings, latex and some medicines.
Some people are so highly allergic that tiny quantities or even trace amounts of the specific allergen can cause a reaction within minutes.
These people can have one, some or many symptoms. Their bodies can be affected in many ways with symptoms such as an itchy rash or hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the tongue, severe cramps or vomiting, tightness in the throat, difficulty swallowing or talking, a persistent cough, dizziness or feeling faint.
Not everyone will have the same telltale symptoms every time. The symptoms of a severe allergic reaction may even change with each reaction.
The best way to manage and reduce the risk of a severe allergic reaction is by avoiding the known allergens or at least minimising exposure, and by always being prepared.
AllergyLogic app includes two infographs for your easy reference and ready email and print as needed:
‘Signs & Symptoms’ infograph illustrates what to look for when you suspect an allergic reaction is occurring
‘What to Do’ infograph indicates the steps recommended for you to follow in the event of an allergic reaction.
Familiarise yourself with the information in these two infographs and remember to always discuss any concerns or queries you may have with your doctor or medical specialist.