Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis

Common allergies children suffer from are to food substances such as peanuts, and even a very small trace of nut can cause someone to have an anaphylactic reaction. This will normally come on very quickly, however, sometimes it can take a few hours. If you suspect any anaphylactic reaction, you need to activate the EMS immediately.

Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • General symptoms, such as itchy, watery eyes, a headache, or a runny nose.
  • Skin problems, such as a swelling of the face, lips, tongue, neck, or hands. Or an itching, hives, rashes, or generally red skin.
  • Breathing problems, such as cough, difficulty swallowing, rapid breathing, difficulty in breathing, noisy breathing, a change in or loss of voice, a high pitched noise during inhalation, wheezing, or a sharp burning sensation in the chest and throat. Serious breathing problems are a sign that this person may be experiencing a severe allergic reaction.
  • Heart or circulation problems, such as increased heart rate, decreased blood pressure, excessive sweating, or cool and clammy skin.
  • Mental status problems, including confusion, agitation, hallucinations, fainting or a loss of consciousness.

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