Anaphylaxis. Invisible Yet Deadly

Picture this scenario:

It’s midweek and a few friends are discussing going for a meal and some drinks on Friday evening.

People without a food allergy will most likely have the following thoughts:
‘Great, what shall I wear? What time are we all meeting? Where shall we eat? The list is endless’

People with a food allergy will most likely have the following thoughts:
‘Will I be able to eat at the chosen restaurant? What oils do they use? Will the group mind changing location if I can’t eat there? What if someone next to me eats something I’m allergic to? What if there are nuts at the bar? Will people around me know what to do I have a reaction? Will they know how to use the Epipen? Shall I just cancel?’

A simple outing can cause individuals living with food allergies and anaphylaxis a great deal of stress and anxiety.

To this day, many people are unaware of the dangers of anaphylaxis or what it really is. The Anaphylaxis Campaign define it to be:

Anaphylaxis is an extreme and severe allergic reaction. The whole body is affected, often within minutes of exposure to the substance which causes the allergic reaction (allergen) but sometimes after hours.

In addition, The Anaphylaxis Campaign highlight the 14 major allergens that have the potential to induce an anaphylactic reaction:
celery, cereals that contain gluten, crustaceans, eggs, fish, lupin, milk, molluscs, mustard, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, soya and sulphur dioxide.

I remember my first anaphylactic reaction and it haunts me to this day. As a nut allergy sufferer I am limited to what Indian sweets I can have as nearly all of them contain some type of nut. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and made a sweet dish myself. I have to be honest, I felt quite accomplished that I had managed to make the dish without burning my mother’s kitchen down! Anyway – I added a layer of chocolate on to the sweet dish to top it off – I used a chocolate I had been eating for years, so I thought I’d be okay with the ingredients and didn’t think to check (rookie mistake – ALWAYS check) and of course that chocolate had hazelnut – which I now know I am severely allergic to!

Within minutes of eating this sweet dish, I felt a horrible knot forming in my throat, coupled with a

Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Lifestyle

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