Today is Anaphylaxis Awareness Day on our Food Allergy Action Calendar! We encourage everyone to learn about anaphylaxis and how to use an epinephrine auto-injector, or train someone else if you are already knowledgeable.
To help you educate yourself and others, we’ve provided a list of anaphylaxis resources below. From posters to emergency care plans, these materials and information can help you learn and spread the word about how to recognize and treat this life-threatening reaction:
About Anaphylaxis: Symptoms, Treatment, and Coping
Treating & Managing Reactions
Webinar recording: “All About Anaphylaxis: Understanding the Risks, Symptoms & Treatment” with Dr. Robert A. Wood
Your Questions Answered: Anaphylaxis
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan (English and Spanish versions available)
Common Symptoms of Anaphylaxis Poster
Common Symptoms of Anaphylaxis Poster (premium version for purchase)
Common Symptoms of Anaphylaxis Magnet
Fast Facts About Anaphylaxis:
- Food allergy is the most common cause of anaphylaxis, although several other allergens – insect stings, medications, or latex – are other potential triggers.
- Anaphylaxis often begins within minutes after a person eats a problem food. Less commonly, symptoms may begin hours later.
- Teenagers and young adults with food allergies are at the highest risk of fatal food-induced anaphylaxis.
- It is possible to have anaphylaxis without any skin symptoms (no rash, hives).
- People who have both asthma and a food allergy are at greater risk for anaphylaxis.
- Epinephrine (adrenaline) is a medication that can reverse the severe symptoms of anaphylaxis. It is given as a “shot” and is available as a self-injector, also known as an epinephrine auto-injector, that can be carried and used if needed.
- Epinephrine expires after a certain period (usually around one year), so be sure to check the expiration date and renew your prescription in time.
- About 1 in every 4 patients have a second wave of symptoms one to several hours after their initial symptoms have subsided. This is called biphasic anaphylaxis.