Are you prepared with a plan?

When it comes to being prepared, avoidance of allergens is critical to preventing a life‑threatening allergic reaction.

That's why people living with potentially life‑threatening allergies should have an anaphylaxis action plan in place that includes these four basic steps:

  1. Avoid your known allergens
  2. Recognize the signs and signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis
  3. Have immediate access to two epinephrine auto‑injectors at all times (Why two?)
  4. Seek immediate emergency medical care should anaphylaxis occur

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Why is an anaphylaxis action plan important?

Severe allergic reactions are unpredictable—they can happen anywhere, anytime. Symptoms can even go away with treatment and come back later.

Consider adding details to your plan.

While these four steps are key points to remember, you may want to write down a more detailed plan to share with others, such as teachers, coworkers, school nurses or family members. You may want to consider adding:

  • A list of known allergens
  • Emergency contact info
  • Medications currently being taken
  • Your healthcare professional's contact info

For an example, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology offers an anaphylaxis emergency action plan that you can download and complete along with your doctor.

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