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About Anaphylaxis

About Anaphylaxis

About Anaphylaxis

What can cause anaphylaxis?

The things that cause anaphylaxis are not usually thought of as dangerous. The most common causes of anaphylaxis are food and venom (wasp or bee stings), however anaphylaxis can also occur after exercise.

Your GP or nurse should have spoken to you about what your triggers are, so you can avoid them.

Common triggers of anaphylaxis include…

Common triggers of anaphylaxis

DID YOU KNOW?

Peanuts and tree nuts are different? Peanuts grow under ground and are part of a family called legumes. Other examples of legumes include beans, peas, lentils and soybeans. Tree nuts grow in trees, examples include cashews, almonds and brazil nuts.

Food triggers are the most common cause of anaphylactic reactions.

DID YOU KNOW?

anaphylaxis symptoms

Recognise the symptoms

Allergic reactions can be mild, moderate or severe. Most allergic reactions have mild to moderate symptoms, generally involving just one part of the body. For example, if you have a food allergy you probably experience gastrointestinal symptoms; and if you are allergic to latex your skin is most likely to show the reaction.

However, if you have a severe allergic reaction, many different parts of the body can be affected at the same time. The time it takes for symptoms of anaphylaxis to develop also depends on the cause.

The way you react to a trigger can change over time. So even though you may only have ever had mild to moderate symptoms in the past, it does not mean that you are not at risk of a severe allergic reaction.

What to watch out for

SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION
(ANAPHYLAXIS)  
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR*

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

MILD-TO-MODERATE
ALLERGIC REACTION
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR*

  • Red raised itchy rash
  • Swelling of face/lips/eyelids
  • Being sick
  • Difficulty talking and/or hoarse voice
  • Stomach ache

* This is not a full list of symptoms, always speak to your doctor about what you should watch out for.

* These symptoms do not mean you may or may not develop a full anaphylactic reaction 


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