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  • If you, or someone in your care, have a severe allergic reaction, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance. The person having the reaction should not stand or walk. Administer an adrenaline (epinephrine) injector (such as EpiPen® or Anapen®) into the outer mid-thigh. Further doses of adrenaline may be given if there is no response after 5 minutes. Give adrenaline first, then asthma reliever puffer, if required.
  • Peanuts and nuts that grow on trees are among the most common foods to cause a life-threatening severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
  • Visit your doctor or a clinical immunology/allergy specialist to discover what is causing your allergy.
  • If you are at risk of anaphylaxis, you will be prescribed an adrenaline injector which may be lifesaving.
  • Your doctor will give you an Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) Action Plan for Anaphylaxis for the brand of adrenaline injector prescribed.
  • An ASCIA Action Plan for Allergic Reactions is a guide for people with allergies who do not have a prescribed adrenaline injector.
  • The best way to manage a peanut, tree nut and seed allergy is to avoid all products containing these foods.
  • Learn to read food labels so you can avoid foods that cause allergic reactions.

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Reviewed on: 06-04-2022