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Allergy and Anaphylaxis management

Anaphylaxis Management

This month the Panaceum have been educating you on Allergies. For patients with severe allergies – exposure to an allergen can cause life-threatening reaction known as Anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis affects a person’s whole body and usually occurs within minutes of an exposure.

Signs and Symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • Difficult/noisy breathing
  • Swelling of tongue
  • Swelling or tightness in throat
  • Wheeze/persistent cough
  • Difficulty talking
  • Dizziness or the person may collapse
  • Pale and floppy (if a child)

If you believe that someone is experiencing anaphylaxis – Adrenaline must be given. People who have known anaphylaxis to an allergen should carry an auto-injector adrenaline pen with them at all times.



If adrenaline is not available or you are in doubt:

  • The person should be laid flat (do not allow them to walk to stand).
  • If unconscious, place the person in recovery position
  • If breathing is difficult, allow them to sit

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