This leaflet is created from first aid advice provided by St John Ambulance, the nation's leading first aid charity. This advice is no substitute for first aid training - find a training course near you.
A severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) will affect the whole body; in susceptible individuals it may develop within seconds or minutes of contact with the trigger factor and is potentially fatal.
Possible triggers can include skin or airborne contact with particular materials, the injection of a specific drug, the sting of a certain insect or the ingestion of a food such as peanuts.
Your aim is to arrange immediate removal of the person to hospital.
If the person is conscious:
If the person becomes unconscious:
Note: these hints are no substitute for thorough knowledge of first aid. St John Ambulance holds first aid courses throughout the country.
This leaflet was taken from the St John Ambulance website: severe allergic reactions. Copyright for this leaflet is with St John Ambulance.