Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Six things to know if someone goes into anaphylactic shock

Did you know that when "ICE" is stored in someone's phone it's usually an acronym for "in case of emergency?" Yes it's true! We know a ton of moms who put their contact information in their children's phone book using this protocol. And, if you haven't, it might be something you'd like to consider doing.

Education is very important to our practice and today we stumbled upon a great new infographic from Allergic Living Magazine that we wanted to share with our readers. Do you know what to do if someone goes into anaphylactic shock as a result of a food allergy?

Their latest infographic provides people with six potentially life saving steps that everyone should know in order to help others a medical emergency induced by food allergies.

The six steps include:
1. Know what the anaphylactic symptoms look like
2. Use an Epi Pen first, use antihistamines second
3. Timing is key, note step number 2
4. Go to the hospital
5. Lie down and raise your feet
6. Don't be afraid to ask others for help

To review the full infographic see below:

If you or someone you know has food allergies we recommend that you have a plan in place in case of a food allergy emergency like anaphylaxis. Allergic Living's six steps are a great helpful start, but as a next step, we recommend seeing you allergist to come up with an action plan if you have are in an emergency situation.

Do you have other questions about anaphylaxis? We'd be happy to speak with you. Please feel free to give us a call at 212-729-1283 or email us at info@hudsonallergy.com