Anaphylaxis

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Anaphylaxis is a threatening type of allergic reaction that demands immediate medical attention.

Contents

Symptoms include: unconsciousness, itchy skin, hives narrowing of the airways and swollen lips or other body parts.

Common Allergens

Common allergens include antibiotics, insect bites and stings and foods.

There are fourteen common food allergens that are mandated by EU law to be stated on food packets. These are; cereals containing gluten, crustaceans, egg, fish, peanuts (as these are not technically nuts so are classed differently), soy, milk (including lactose), nuts (including almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashew nuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, pistachio nuts and Macadamia nuts), celery (common allergy in France), mustard (common allergy in Germany) sesame seeds, sulphur dioxide and sulphites, Lupin, Molluscs (e.g. mussels, clams, oysters, scallops, snails and squid)[1]

Treatments

Include adrenaline injected intramuscularly in to the upper thigh and antihistamines taken orally.

References

  1. http://www.food.gov.uk/sites/default/files/food-allergen-labelling-technical-guidance.pdf accessed on 13/11/15
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