World Allergy Week 2021 raises awareness of anaphylaxis
Stop Anaphylaxis - Be Aware. Be Prepared. Save Lives.
This year's World Allergy Week (organised by the World Allergy Organisation) is taking place 13-19 June 2021.
This year the WAO chose the theme of anaphylaxis to emphasize the importance of being able to identify the early signs of anaphylaxis and respond immediately to treat it.
Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that comes on suddenly and severely after exposure to allergens, most commonly food, drugs, and insect venom, and can be fatal.
The most effective way to treat anaphylaxis and prevent fatality is immediate injection of intramuscular epinephrine (adrenaline), by way of auto-injectors or pre-filled syringes – at the first sign of anaphylaxis – and call for an ambulance.
People at risk of anaphylaxis should work with their allergy/immunology specialists to learn how and when to self-inject epinephrine (adrenaline), and develop an emergency plan – keeping the medicine and the plan with them at all times.