Anaphylaxis is unpredictable. When it comes to being prepared, avoidance of allergens is the critical first step to preventing a life‑threatening allergic reaction.
That's why it's important for people living with potentially life‑threatening allergies to have an anaphylaxis action plan in place. It should include four basic steps:
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 health care 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. The My EpiPlan® app can help you keep track of your EpiPen® Auto-Injectors.