First aid

Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis (allergic shock or anaphylactic shock) is the most severe form of an allergic reaction and can be life-threatening. It is a generalised allergic reaction, which often involves more than one body system (e.g., skin, respiratory, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular). Learn more about the causes, symptoms and treatment of anaphylaxis including what to do in an emergency situation and when to use epinephrine.

What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis (allergic shock or anaphylactic shock) is the most severe form of an allergic reaction and can be life-threatening. It is a generalised allergic reaction, which often involves more than one body system.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a reaction that can affect the entire body and therefore has a number of symptoms. It is important to watch for these symptoms in a person with severe allergies and seek treatment as quickly as possible if any occur.

Treating anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis in an emergency situation that requires urgent treatment with epinephrine.

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