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First Aid for Anaphylaxis

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Updated October 17, 2011

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Anaphylaxis First Aid: Recognize Anaphylaxis
First Aid for Anaphylaxis
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Anaphylaxis is a severe allergy that can affect as much as 15% of the population. If the victim is unconscious, follow the basic steps for first aid. Look for several telltale signs that indicate an allergic reaction:

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Hives (raised welts)
  • Scratchy throat
  • Dry mouth
  • Trouble breathing or wheezing
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
It is not necessary to have all of the signs for it to be an allergy. If you suspect an allergic reaction and the victim has trouble breathing or dizziness, it is probably anaphylaxis.

Call 911 immediately if you suspect anaphylaxis.

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