What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis (pronounced ana-fill-ax-is) is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction affecting more than one body system such as the airways, heart, circulation, gut and skin. Symptoms can start within seconds or minutes of exposure to the food or substance you are allergic to and usually will progress rapidly, although it can sometimes take hours.

Sadie suffered anaphylaxis on multiple occasions in her short life and it ultimately led to her sudden death. We are committed to raising awareness about the dangers of anaphylaxis so people can better prevent this deadly reaction from causing such pain.

What are the causes of anaphylaxis?

The common causes of anaphylaxis include foods such as peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, shellfish, fish, sesame seeds and kiwi fruit, although many other foods have been known to trigger anaphylaxis. Non-food causes include wasp or bee stings, natural latex (rubber), and certain drugs such as penicillin. In some people exercise can trigger a severe reaction – either on its own or in combination with other factors such as food or drugs (e.g. aspirin).

You can read more about the allergens that may cause anaphylaxis here.

Supporting the Anaphylaxis Campaign

At the foundation, we actively promote the work of Anaphylaxis Campaign and their work to support people at risk of severe allergies. Our fundraising and awareness work seeks to better offer people the help needed to ensure risks are minimised.

Anaphylaxis Campaign

There is a wealth of information and support available from Anaphylaxis Campign's website.

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