What's anaphylaxis

Allergies are common and most are not life-threatening. Reactions that affect BREATHING or make you feel faint are called anaphylaxis and need to be treated urgently.

What symptoms should I look out for?

If the patient is struggling to breath, feels their throat is tight, is wheezy or can't swallow. If the patient feels faint or has fainted.

Rashes, swelling of the face and body, vomiting without any breathing problems or faintness are not anaphylaxis.

What should I do after the reaction has settled?

Patient's suffering from anaphylaxis should have their asthma reviewed and if poorly controlled management reviewed. This can be done by your GP or asthma nurse. Patients suffering from anaphylaxis should also be seen by a doctor with experience managing children's allergies to help prevent further bad reactions.