Some of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include coughing, wheezing, swelling of the face, lips and tongue, an itchy rash and bumps, dizziness and anxiety. So what should you do if this happens to someone close to you?
- Get the person to a hospital – anaphylaxis can kill
- While the person is still conscious, ask them what they are allergic to and whether they are carrying any medication with them
- Help them to use their medication
- Help them into a sitting position, as it eases breathing
- Give the person an antihistamine tablet if one is available
- Administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, or CPR, if the person becomes unconscious.