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Allergy and Anaphylaxis

Allergy occurs when a person reacts to substances in the environment that are harmless to most people. These substances are known as allergens and are found in dust mites, pets, pollen, insects, ticks, moulds, foods and some drugs (medications).

Anaphylaxis is the most severe type of allergic reaction and should always be treated as a medical emergency. Anaphylaxis requires immediate treatment with adrenaline (epinephrine), which is injected into the outer mid-thigh muscle. If treatment with adrenaline is delayed, this can result in fatal anaphylaxis.

How Allergies Work is a short (4 minute) animation about allergies, anaphyalxis and the immune system, and is a National Allergy Council initiative.

Adrenaline (Epinephrine) Injectors - Fast Facts Updated June 2023

Anaphylaxis - Fast Facts Updated June 2023

Adrenaline for Treatment of Anaphylaxis Updated March 2023

Adrenaline Injectors FAQ Updated March 2023 

Allergic Reactions - Signs and Symptoms 


Anaphylaxis Translations

Anaphylaxis Fact Sheet for Parents - English and other languages  

Common Myths about Allergy and Asthma Exposed

Glossary of Allergy Terms

Idiopathic Anaphylaxis FAQ 

What is Allergy?

ASCIA Anaphylaxis Forms and Checklists 

Allergic Reactions Clinical History Form

Allergic Reactions Event Record Form

Anaphylaxis Checklist for Patients Updated January 2023

Anaphylaxis Checklist for Travelling with Allergy, Asthma or Anaphylaxis 

Anaphylaxis Checklist for Transitioning from Paediatric to Adult Care 

ASCIA Action Plan FAQ Updated June 2023

ASCIA Action Plans can be found here:

Other ASCIA anaphylaxis resources can be found here:

Further Information
Nip allergies in the Bub - a National Allergy Council initiative which includes information about managing anaphylaxis in babies 

Webpage updated November 2023