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.
CALL AN AMBULANCE – 000
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
- CALL AND AMBULANCE – 000