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Allergic reactions can sometimes result in anaphylaxis.
In case of an allergic emergency, ALLERJECT is here
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DID YOU KNOW?
Allergies are a widespread concern
Over 2.6 million Canadians are directly affected by food allergies.1,2
Though there is no cure for food allergies, they can be managed by avoiding allergenic foods.1
A food allergy can develop in an individual at any age.1,3
COMMON ANAPHYLAXIS SYMPTOMS
Anaphylaxis is what happens when your immune system overreacts to an allergen, resulting in a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction. The most common anaphylactic reactions are to food, insect stings, medications and latex.4
The most common warning signs are hives and swelling, but any one of the following symptoms could indicate an anaphylactic reaction:
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Swelling of throat, lips or tongue
Collapse or loss of consciousness
Flushing, itching or redness
of the skin
Increased heart rate
Paleness and weakness
You never know when you might need an epinephrine injection for the emergency treatment of a serious allergic reaction.
USEFUL TIPS TO HELP PREVENT ALLERGIC REACTIONS
Tell your server that you have a severe allergy when you order. Never assume that a restaurant has already taken precautions.
Manufacturers can change their product ingredients without warning, so always read the label. It’s also important not to take risks when a product might contain an allergen!
Wear long sleeves, use bug spray and avoid walking through uncut fields. If you have a food allergy, make sure to bring your own snacks.
SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP BE PREPARED
1. Always carry ALLERJECT with you.
You can’t predict when an allergic emergency will happen.
2. Make an anaphylaxis action plan.
Share it with your family and friends, so they know what to do in the event of an allergic emergency.
3. Examine ALLERJECT often.
The medicine in the viewing window should be clear and colourless. If not, replace it.
4. Keep ALLERJECT at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.
Extreme heat, cold and light can damage the medication.
5. Keep an extra ALLERJECT on hand.
Depending on the severity of your allergic reaction, you may require an additional dose of epinephrine.
Additional allergy resources
Here are some helpful resources to provide you with additional support and information regarding allergies.
References: 1. Food Allergy Canada and the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. National Food Allergy Action Plan. May 2019. 2. Soller L, Ben-Shoshan M, Harrington DW, et al. Adjusting for nonresponse bias corrects overestimates of food allergy prevalence. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2015 Mar-Apr;3(2):291-93.e2. doi:10.1016/j.jaip.2014.11.006. 3. Gupta RS, Warren CM, Smith BM, et al. Prevalence and severity of food allergies among US adults. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Jan 4;2(1):e185630. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.5630. 4. American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. Anaphylaxis overview. https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies/anaphylaxis. Accessed May 31, 2019.