Most people do not know that an allergic occurs the SECOND exposure to the allergen!

When Is an Allergic Reaction an Emergency? Recognizing the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction and getting fast emergency treatment is crucial when dealing with anaphylaxis.

Recognizing the first signs of a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) and taking immediate action with emergency medication can be the difference between life and death. If you or a loved one, especially a child has a severe allergic reaction, every second counts.

That’s why it’s critical for people with severe allergies to know the symptoms of anaphylaxis and be prepared with an emergency action plan.

*How to Identify Anaphylaxis*

The signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis can vary greatly from person to person as well as from time to time in the same person. Also, they may
develop very quickly — within seconds of exposure to an allergen — or evolve over an hour or so.

The most common signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction include:

- Cough, difficulty or irregular breathing, wheezing, itchy throat or mouth, and difficulty swallowing
- Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea
- Itchiness, red bumps or welts on the skin (hives), and skin redness
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, heart palpitations, chest discomfort or tightness, mental confusion, weakness, lower blood pressure, rapid pulse, loss of consciousness, and fainting.