Are you prepared with a plan?

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:

  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

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 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.