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A Beginner’s
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.  Cow’s milk
4.  ...
Medication
The most common allergies to
medication include:
	
  
Penecillins
a widely used medication.
Nonsteroidal anti-i...
Biting and Flying Stinging Insects
Some examples are…
Paper wasps, honeybees, hornets, fire ants and yellowjackets.
To a l...
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/h...
next…	
  
Notice the Airway
Shortness of breath…
Trouble swallowing or
speaking…
Tightness in throat and
chest…
Coughing
wheezing…
then…	
  
Be aware of the Stomach
Ø Abdominal pain,
Cramps
Ø Diarrhea
Ø 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
Headac...
If you believe someone is experiencing anaphylaxis
they should be given epinephrine immediately.
	
  
Call 911 and get hel...
For more information about
anaphylaxis, emergency management,
and how allergyable™ can
help your business become
more alle...
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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.

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  1. 1. A Beginner’s Guide to Anaphylaxis
  2. 2. What is Anaphylaxis?
  3. 3. Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
  4. 4. What causes anaphylaxis     to happen? Source:  www.jext.co.uk  
  5. 5. There can be many causes for a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, the most common include…
  6. 6. Food     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)    
  7. 7. 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 body’s response to an infection).
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. What are some     Signs       Of Anaphylaxis That I should look for?
  10. 10. Anaphylaxis can present itself in different ways for different people, but an easy way to remember what to look for is to…
  11. 11. Think     F.A.S.T.
  12. 12. First…   Look at the FACE
  13. 13. Cyanosis or ‘blue lips’ due to lack of oxygen Swelling of the face and tongue Loss of consciousness itchiness or redness/hives
  14. 14. next…   Notice the Airway
  15. 15. Shortness of breath… Trouble swallowing or speaking… Tightness in throat and chest… Coughing wheezing…
  16. 16. then…   Be aware of the Stomach
  17. 17. Ø Abdominal pain, Cramps Ø Diarrhea Ø Nausea and/or vomiting
  18. 18. finally…   Think of the Total Body
  19. 19. Itchiness/hives weakness/weakened pulse redness/rash paleness Loss of consciousness panic/sense of doom Chest pains Headache/migraine
  20. 20. If you believe someone is experiencing anaphylaxis they should be given epinephrine immediately.   Call 911 and get help right away.
  21. 21. For more information about anaphylaxis, emergency management, and how allergyable™ can help your business become more allergy-friendly check us out on social media Or visit our website at www.catalystperformancepartners.com So, did you like This?
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