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Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a potentially life threatening, severe allergic reaction and should always be treated as a medical emergency. Anaphylaxis occurs after exposure to an allergen (usually to foods, insects or medicines), to which a person is allergic. Not all people with allergies are at risk of anaphylaxis.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis

Symptoms of anaphylaxis are potentially life threatening and include any one of the following:

  • Difficult/noisy breathing
  • Swelling of tongue
  • Swelling/tightness in throat
  • Difficulty talking and/or hoarse voice
  • Wheeze or persistent cough
  • Persistent dizziness and/or collapse
  • Pale and floppy (in young children)

In some cases, anaphylaxis is preceded by less dangerous allergic symptoms such as:

  • Swelling of face, lips and/or eyes
  • Hives or welts
  • Abdominal pain, vomiting (these are signs of anaphylaxis for insect allergy)

For more information about anaphylaxis click here

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