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, 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
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Translations of this document are available below.
These translations were funded by an educational grant from the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (SCHN).
Content updated August 2016