What is Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that happens very quickly and spreads throughout the body.  Anaphylaxis can be so severe that a trip to the emergency room is required. Having a current first aid certificate or an emergency first aid certificate can help you recognize the signs of anaphylaxis. Individuals who are aware of severe allergies they have can take precautions by carrying an auto-injector to help get relief from anaphylaxis.  Some of the symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • swollen tongue or throat
  • wheezing and difficulties with breathing
  • vomiting
  • fainting
  • flushed skin or hives

There are a variety of common allergens that individuals may have anaphylaxis from.  Food items are one of the more common sources for severe allergy reactions. The top foods that can cause anaphylaxis are nuts, eggs, shellfish, and milk. Insect stings or bites such as bee stings or fire ant bites are also common causes of anaphylaxis. Some individuals can have a severe allergic reaction to medicines such as aspirin or a general anesthetic. If you think you might be allergic to any of these items, you can have allergy tests run at a physician’s office to confirm any known allergies. The physician will also be able to prescribe to you an auto-injector to prevent anaphylaxis if you should come into contact with any of your known allergens. Being first aid trained helps you know what to do and how to help someone if they are having a severe allergic reaction. First aid trainer certification and first aid renewal online courses can be taken for convenience with access to training seven days a week from the comfort of your home.

Even if you do not have any known allergies, the lifesaving skills taught in the 1st aid certificate programs are valuable and applicable because allergies can develop later in life. Teachers and parents can also benefit from these lifesaving classes because they may have a student or classmate in their care that might have severe allergies. Having the proper training as preventative care can turn into lifesaving care in the event of a medical emergency. Keep your loved ones safe with online health and wellness certification courses!

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