Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction and potentially life threatening.
It should always be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment.
Most cases of anaphylaxis occur after a person with a severe allergy is exposed to the allergen they are allergic to (usually a food, insect or medication).
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Translated versions of this document currently differ slightly to the updated 2014 version. However, the information contained in the translations is still correct. ASCIA will have the translated documents updated by mid 2014.
The ASCIA First Aid for Anaphylaxis document has been developed and peer reviewed by ASCIA members and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. The development of this document is not funded by any commercial sources and is not influenced by commercial organisations. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner. Translation of this document and the How to use EpiPen document into languages other than English is supported by an educational grant from Alphapharm.
Content Updated March , 2014