What is Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction. The most common anaphylactic reactions are to foods, insect stings and medications. Anaphylaxis can be life threatening and all reactions should be treated as a medical emergency requiring urgent medical attention.
Anaphylaxis occurs after exposure to a particular allergen that the body overreacts to, releasing chemicals that cause allergy symptoms. These chemicals normally set more than one body system (skin, respiratory, gastro-intestinal and cardiovascular) into action.

Symptoms

Symptoms of anaphylaxis can range from less dangerous allergic symptoms to severe life-threatening symptoms. The severity of the symptoms can range depending on the person or external factors that can influence the reaction (eg: exercise, heat, alcohol, quantity consumed…).

  • Abdominal pain/vomiting (anaphylaxis for insect allergy).
  • Swelling of face/lips/eyes.
  • Hives or welts.
  • Swelling of tongue.
  • Tightness in throat.
  • Pale and floppy (in young children).
  • Difficulty or noisy breathing.
  • Difficulty talking and/or hoarse voice.
  • Persistent dizziness.
  • Collapsing.

Treatment

Knowing and managing triggers is vital for prevention, however accidental exposure can occur and the first line treatment for an anaphylactic reaction is adrenaline (epinephrine). A single, fixed dose of adrenaline is administered into the patient with an autoinjector (EpiPen). Patients experiencing an anaphylactic reaction should also be taken to the hospital emergency room as severe symptoms can be fatal.

How can ORGRAN products assist?

The entire range of ORGRAN products are suitable for people with allergies to common food allergens. ORGRAN’s products are ideal as they are free from nuts, eggs and dairy. For those wanting to follow general principles of healthy eating, you can enjoy the benefits of alternative grains with our range of pastas, crispibreads, bread and baking mixes, breakfast cereals and biscuits.

Page Resources
What is Anaphylaxis? (2017). Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia
Anaphylaxis. (2017). Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
Anaphylaxis. (2017). American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology