Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. It usually occurs rapidly after exposure to a food, insect or medicine to which a person may already be allergic. Anaphylaxis must always be treated as a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment with adrenaline.
This fact sheet contains the following sections:
- What is anaphylaxis and how is it treated
- If your child has been diagnosed at risk of anaphylaxis, what their treating doctor should provide
- What is the role of the parent
- What are the responsibilities of your child’s school, preschool or childcare service
- Further information
Content updated May 2013