Symptoms & Safety

Symptoms of Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a life threatening allergic reaction. Symptoms of anaphylaxis begin within minutes of eating/drinking a substance you’re allergic to. Even after treating the symptoms, a person can experience a second wave of symptoms anywhere from 1 to several hours after the symptoms seem to have gone away. If you or a loved one has a food allergy, you need to be aware of these symptoms, and be prepared to act quickly should the following symptoms occur:

  • Vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramping
  • Skin irritation (hives, swelling)
  • Itchy mouth and/or irritated mouth or throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Reduced blood pressure (pale, blue lips, weak pulse, confusion, dizziness, loss of consciousness)



Food Allergy Safety

The only way to way to prevent anaphylaxis from happening is to avoid foods that contain the allergens you or your loved one is allergic to.

If someone in your household has a food allergy, you can be prepared to treat the symptoms and possibly save a life by making these best practices a part of your everyday lives:

  • Carry an EpiPen and Benadryl (or diphenhydramine) everywhere you go
  • Have a talk with an allergist about anaphylaxis symptoms, and when/how to use your medication in the event of an emergency
  • Read food labels carefully (check it twice!)
  • Prepare your own food or snacks. Carry foods you can trust with you when going to a restaurant, party etc
  • Wear an emergency bracelet or necklace to make those around you aware of your condition
  • Keep your emergency medication up-to-date
  • Don’t risk it! If you think there may be an allergen or a food containing that allergen on your plate, don’t eat it! It is much better to be safe than sorry.

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