NEWLY DIAGNOSED WITH ANAPHYLAXIS?

If you, or someone close to you has been diagnosed with anaphylaxis, the first thing you should know is that you’re not alone. Severe allergy and anaphylaxis is a lot more common than many people probably realise. In fact, the number of people admitted to hospital with anaphylaxis has increased 5-fold in the last 20 years.1

The good news is there are lots of people and organisations that are there to support you – including EpiClub® .

If you would like to read more about anaphylaxis, click here.



What happens next?

Trigger identification

If you haven’t been through the process yet, the most important next step is to identify what triggered the allergic response. These triggers are called ‘allergens’. This usually involves a series of tests along with a thorough review of medical history.

The tests might include skin tests, where potential allergens are applied to the skin and the degree of reaction measured, or laboratory blood tests to identify levels of immune system components (e.g. antibodies) that accompany an allergic response.

While you’re waiting for test results, try and recall what was happening that may have triggered the reaction, so the situation can be avoided in the future. This will also help the doctor or specialist reviewing your medical history.

If the triggers have been identified, then your next steps are to ensure that you avoid those triggers, paying particular attention to unexpected ingredients in the case of food allergies; and to ensure that you have an EpiPen® and know how to use it.




Other ways to be prepared

  • Invite other family members, friends or carers to watch the how to use video. You can email or message them the following link (https://youtu.be/ofoy6_ocr7w)
  • Ensure they are aware of the seriousness of a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis
  • Make sure they are aware of the allergens/triggers
  • Invite them to try using the EpiPen® Training Device (available for free when you join EpiClub®)
  • Always ensure your EpiPen® is within its use by date. The EpiClub® Reminder service can help. After you’ve enrolled in the programme, make sure you register your devices to receive timely reminders of the need to renew your EpiPen®
  • There are some occasions or events that need extra special attention to avoid any issues – eating out, sleepovers, travelling, camps, and of course school, childcare or work environments. Check out the useful Checklists on this site
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. There’s a great Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section right here
  • If you have any further questions, just email us at: nz_support@epiclub.com.au

References:
1. ASCIA. Common Myths about allergy & asthma exposed. Available at www.allergy.org.au. Accessed September 2017.