Anaphylaxis (a form of shock)
THE symptoms of Anaphylaxis are a sense of unease followed by agitation and flushing. Heart palpitations, tingling, throbbing in the ears, coughing, sneezing and difficulty in breathing may occur. There can also be a severe, often explosive, general body reaction characterised by urticaria, breathing difficulty, vascular collapse (shock), diarrhoea, vomiting and occasionally abdominal pain and mild fever as well as itch, headache and wheeze.
This is a dangerous reaction to a known or unknown allergen! If you suspect you may suffer from Anaphylaxis but do not have a present reaction you should speak to your local doctor or hospital.
If you suspect you may be having an immediate anaphylactic reaction at any time, DON'T delay, contact your nearest HOSPITAL or DOCTOR immediately. This is a life threatening condition.
Immediate treatment with subcutaneous adrenalin (epinephrine) is imperative in anaphylactic shock. If you have an allergy and believe you may be susceptible to Anaphylaxis at any time, we suggest you print out this medical advice for future reference.
Also, if you or your child suffers from severe allergy you should carry an Epipen injector with you at all times.
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Courtesy of The Allergy Centre 03 9874 4144
This page was last reviewed on 18th Aug 2004