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  • If you, or someone in your care, have a severe allergic reaction, call triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. The person having the reaction should not stand or walk. Administer an adrenaline (epinephrine) injector (such as EpiPen® or Anapen®) into muscle of the outer mid-thigh. Further doses of adrenaline may be given if there is no response after 5 minutes. Always give adrenaline first, then asthma reliever puffer if required.
  • Shellfish and fish allergies are more common in adults and adolescents than in younger children.
  • Symptoms vary and range from mild reactions to a life-threatening severe allergic reaction.
  • See your doctor or a clinical immunology/allergy specialist to confirm the diagnosis of food allergy. If you are at risk of a severe allergic reaction, they will prescribe an adrenaline injector which may be lifesaving in the case of a severe allergic reaction. They should also give you an Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) Action Plan for Anaphylaxis for the brand of injector prescribed.
  • An ASCIA Action Plan for Allergic Reactions is a good guide for people with allergies who do not have a prescribed adrenaline injector.
  • The best way to manage a shellfish or fish allergy is to avoid the food to which you are allergic.

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Reviewed on: 16-05-2022