Anaphylactic Reaction

I am including a section on anaphylactic reaction, not because it is very common (it is quite rare) but because I have mentioned it in various chapters. Anaphylaxis is a very serious allergy to something (e.g. nuts) that results in serious breathing problems, that come on very suddenly. It is a life threatening situation.

Symptoms of Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis may start with itching, flushing, a red swollen rash, often around the face, mouth and tongue. Noisy breathing comes on very suddenly.


If you think that your child is having an anaphylactic reaction, call an ambulance.



  • Noisy breathing comes on suddenly.
  • Red, swollen tongue, mouth and lips.
  • Call an ambulance.