This presentation was designed as a summation of what Anaphylaxis is, the signs and symptoms to be aware of, and common causes. This presentation is not intended to replace medical advice or act as an emergency management plan. It is simply a guide for those who know little about Anaphylaxis, or those who just need a refresher! AllergyAble is committed to educating the allergic community and helping them create allergy-friendly environments. As always we aim to help people with allergies live better lives, at home, at work and at play! Credit to Anaphylaxis Canada for the use of think F.A.S.T. terminology.
Text of A Beginner's Guide to Anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis is a
What causes anaphylaxis to happen?
There can be many causes for a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, the most common include…
Glorious food… Not always, here are the top ten food allergies. 1. Peanuts 2. Tree nuts 3. Cow’s milk 4. Eggs 5. Soy 6. Sesame 7. Sulphites (See: wine, I know.. Sorry) 8. Shellfish 9. Wheat 10. Mustard (yup, mustard)
The most common allergies to medication include: Penecillins a widely used medication. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like aspirin and ibuprofen. Biologic modifiers (these guys help stimulate the body’s response to an infection).
Biting and Flying Stinging Insects Some examples are… Paper wasps, honeybees, hornets, fire ants and yellowjackets. To a lesser extent… Mosquitos, ticks and flies.
Pictured: European Hornet. May I add, Yikes.
What are some
That I should
Anaphylaxis can present itself in different ways for different people, but an easy way to remember what to look for is to…
Look at the FACE
Cyanosis or ‘blue lips’ due to lack of oxygen
Swelling of the face and tongue
Loss of consciousness
itchiness or redness/hives
Notice the Airway
Shortness of breath…
Trouble swallowing or speaking…
Tightness in throat and chest…
Be aware of the Stomach
Ø Abdominal pain, Cramps Ø Diarrhea
Ø Nausea and/or vomiting
Think of the Total Body
Loss of consciousness
panic/sense of doom
If you believe someone is experiencing anaphylaxis
they should be given epinephrine immediately.
Call 911 and get help right away.
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