What Is Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening severe allergic reaction. It is a medical emergency, and requires immediate treatment.

If you believe you or your family member may be experiencing anaphylaxis, use an adrenaline (epinephrine) autoinjector immediately and call OOO.

What causes an Anaphylaxis?

Food allergies are the most common cause of anaphylaxis, although other allergens such as insect stings, medications or latex—can be potential triggers.

What are the symptoms of Anaphylaxis

Any or all of the following symptoms may be present during anaphylaxis:

  • Swelling of tongue and/or throat
  • Difficulty in swallowing or speaking
  • Vocal changes (hoarse voice)
  • Wheeze or persistent cough or shortness of breath/severe asthma
  • Difficult or noisy breathing
  • Stomach cramps, vomiting diarrhoea 
  • Dizziness, light headedness, collapse, loss of consciousness or floppiness in babies/infants

Mild to moderate allergic reactions such as rashes/hives or swelling may not always occur before anaphylaxis.