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Emergency response: Recognizing anaphylactic reactions

An anaphylactic reaction may not be immediately visible. During an anaphylactic reaction, any of these symptoms may appear. A good way to remember the symptoms is to think F.A.S.T.

Face
itching, redness, swelling of face and tongue
Airway
coughing, trouble breathing, swallowing or speaking
Stomach
stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea
Total Body
hives, rash, itching, swelling weakness, paleness, sense of doom, dizziness, loss of consciousness
Illustration of four body systems affected during an anaphylactic reaction. Blue:Face. Orange: Airway. Purple: Stromach. Grey: Total Body.

Epinephrine (a medication) should be administered immediately, as soon as you see signs of a known or suspected anaphylactic reaction.

In normally healthy individuals, epinephrine will not cause harm if given unnecessarily. Possible side effects subside within a few minutes.



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