When a severe allergy occurs in one or more parts of the body, it is called “anaphylaxis” (pronounced an-a-fi-LAK-sis).
Most allergies are not severe but can cause major problems for the person having them! A small number of people have a very severe anaphylactic reaction. This type of reaction can spread very fast and be very dangerous. Peanuts, shellfish, insect stings and medicines are the commonest triggers for anaphylaxis.
If you know you have a very severe allergy, you should have an Anaphylaxis Action Plan filled in by your doctor specifically for you! The action plan explains how to reduce your risk by preventing exposure to triggers, recognising early signs and being prepared for emergency treatment at any time.