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.

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A Beginner's Guide to Anaphylaxis

  1. A Beginner’s Guide to Anaphylaxis
  2. What is Anaphylaxis?
  3. Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
  4. What causes anaphylaxis     to happen? Source:  www.jext.co.uk  
  5. There can be many causes for a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, the most common include…
  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. 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. 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. What are some     Signs       Of Anaphylaxis That I should look for?
  10. Anaphylaxis can present itself in different ways for different people, but an easy way to remember what to look for is to…
  11. Think     F.A.S.T.
  12. First…   Look at the FACE
  13. Cyanosis or ‘blue lips’ due to lack of oxygen Swelling of the face and tongue Loss of consciousness itchiness or redness/hives
  14. next…   Notice the Airway
  15. Shortness of breath… Trouble swallowing or speaking… Tightness in throat and chest… Coughing wheezing…
  16. then…   Be aware of the Stomach
  17. Ø Abdominal pain, Cramps Ø Diarrhea Ø Nausea and/or vomiting
  18. finally…   Think of the Total Body
  19. Itchiness/hives weakness/weakened pulse redness/rash paleness Loss of consciousness panic/sense of doom Chest pains Headache/migraine
  20. If you believe someone is experiencing anaphylaxis they should be given epinephrine immediately.   Call 911 and get help right away.
  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?