VOL: 99, ISSUE: 17, PAGE NO: 44
Jennifer Percival, Dip(Counselling), FETC, RGN, RM, RHV, is youth workshop leader, The Anaphylaxis Campaign
People with allergies are not ill but if they come into contact with an allergen, they are at risk of sudden death from anaphylactic shock. Reactions can occur within seconds of exposure, but on rare occasions can also happen a few hours later. Symptoms include swelling of the lips and throat, difficulty with breathing, nausea, urticaria, abdominal cramps, collapse and loss of consciousness.