a beginner's guide to anaphylaxis

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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.


  • A Beginners Guide to Anaphylaxis
  • What is Anaphylaxis?
  • Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
  • What causes anaphylaxis to happen? Source: www.jext.co.uk
  • There can be many causes for a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, the most common include
  • Food Glorious food Not always, here are the top ten food allergies. 1. Peanuts 2. Tree nuts 3. Cows milk 4. Eggs 5. Soy 6. Sesame 7. Sulphites (See: wine, I know.. Sorry) 8. Shellfish 9. Wheat 10. Mustard (yup, mustard)
  • Medication 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 bodys 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 Signs Of Anaphylaxis That I should look for?
  • Anaphylaxis can present itself in different ways for different people, but an easy way to remember what to look for is to
  • Think F.A.S.T.
  • First 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
  • next Notice the Airway
  • Shortness of breath Trouble swallowing or speaking Tightness in throat and chest Coughing wheezing
  • then Be aware of the Stomach
  • Abdominal pain, Cramps Diarrhea Nausea and/or vomiting
  • finally Think of the Total Body
  • Itchiness/hives weakness/weakened pulse redness/rash paleness Loss of consciousness panic/sense of doom Chest pains Headache/migraine
  • If you believe someone is experiencing anaphylaxis they should be given epinephrine immediately. Call 911 and get help right away.
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