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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® .
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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.
1. ASCIA. Common Myths about allergy & asthma exposed. Available at www.allergy.org.au. Accessed September 2017.
EpiClub® is here to support New Zealand schools and students living with allergies and anaphylaxis. If you would like to request an information resource pack for your school, please complete the below form.
Your resource pack will include a variety of tools to help educate your teachers and students about anaphylaxis and what to do in an allergic emergency. You will also receive a FREE EpiPen® Training Device so you can practice the simple two- step administration process.
EpiClub® is here to support New Zealand businesses and employees in managing the risk of anaphylaxis.
If you would like to request an information resource pack for your business, please complete the below form.
Your resource pack will include a variety of tools to help educate your staff about anaphylaxis and what to do in an allergic emergency. You will also receive a FREE EpiPen® Training Device so you can practice the two simple step administration process.
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