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Living with anaphylaxis

What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis (pronounced anna - fill - axis) is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction to a trigger. Anaphylaxis affects more than one body system such as the airways, heart, circulation, gut and skin. Symptoms can start within seconds or minutes of exposure to the food or substance you are allergic to and usually will progress rapidly.

*Common causes...

The common causes of anaphylaxis include foods such as peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, shellfish, fish, sesame seeds and kiwi fruit, although many other foods have been known to trigger anaphylaxis. Non-food causes include wasp or bee stings, natural latex (rubber), and certain drugs such as penicillin. In some people exercise can trigger a severe reaction - either on its own or in combination with other factors such as food or drugs (e.g. aspirin).

  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Shellfish
  • Cow's milk
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Wheat

  • Bee
  • Wasp
  • Ants

  • Antibiotics
  • Ibuprofen
  • Aspirin
  • Penicillin

  • Rubber gloves
  • Balloons
  • Condoms
  • Bottle teat


(Early signs include flushing and fatigue)

*Travelling Abroad?

You may need a travel certificate
Remember to fill it in and ask your GP to sign it in plenty of time before you go.

Free expiry alert service

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Sign up for our expiry alert service and receive free reminders by text or email when your EpiPen® is about to expire.


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You wouldn't dream of leaving the house without your phone on you. Well, think of your EpiPen® in the same way and make sure it is always with you. Just in case you have an allergic reaction and need to act quickly.

** Keep the container in the outer carton in order to protect from light.