If you’re going abroad, on holiday or on business, it’s very important to be ready if you have an episode of anaphylaxis.
There are many things you can do to reduce the risk of a severe reaction. Regardless of your age, whether you are young or old or what type of allergy you have, there are some ‘rules’ you should live by. These aren’t designed to limit your activities, but they will help protect you.
1. Try to avoid your triggers. This means you need to learn what your triggers are, and where they might be lurking.
2. Carry 2 EpiPen® with you wherever you go. Don’t leave home without them! You may find it easier to keep your pens in different places, such as work / school and home.
3. Make sure you know how to use your EpiPen® – practise regularly.
4. Check the expiry date of your EpiPen® regularly. Make sure you sign up to the Expiry Alert Service to receive an automatic reminder.
5. Don’t delay. If you think you have come into contact with your trigger and start to experience serious symptoms you must use your EpiPen® immediately. If your symptoms are milder, have your EpiPen® ready just in case the symptoms get worse, which can happen very quickly. You must call 999, ask for an ambulance and state ‘anaphylaxis’ (pronounced ‘anna-fill-axis’) immediately after using your EpiPen®.
Stay lying down or seated and have someone stay with you until you have been assessed by a paramedic. Unconscious patients should be placed in the recovery position.
For some simple tips, advice and resources that will help you living with anaphylaxis visit the different sections below.
Being the parent or carer of a person with anaphylaxis can be worrying. Make sure you know how to recognise the signs of anaphylaxis and what to do if it happens as this can help ease that worry. Make a note of when pens are due to expire or register with our Expiry Alert Service for free reminders.
Information and advice for anyone at risk from anaphylaxis is available from these helpful sources:
The Anaphylaxis Campaign
The only UK- wide charity committed to meeting the needs of people at risk from anaphylaxis For more information, visit www.anaphylaxis.org.uk.
Allergy UK (The British Allergy Foundation)
Offer a helpline and advice for sufferers of allergy and similar conditions
For more information, visit http://www.allergyuk.org/