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Signs & Symptoms

Top Tips For Recognising an Allergic Reaction

  1. Your ASCIA Action Plan lists the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis.
  2. If you have any ONE of the signs of anaphylaxis – use your adrenaline (epinephrine) autoinjector (e.g. EpiPen®).
"Be prepared. Always keep your EpiPens and ASCIA Action Plan with you."

Signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis, usually occur within minutes and up to 2 hours of eating the food to which you are allergic.

Many factors can affect the severity of an allergic reaction, such as how much allergen you’ve eaten and what it was eaten with, alcohol consumption, walking or exercising, whether you have asthma, if you are unwell, or if you are premenstrual.

Signs of a mild to moderate allergic reaction include:

  • Swelling of lips, face, eyes
  • Hives or welts
  • Tingling mouth
  • Abdominal pain, vomiting (however, these are signs of anaphylaxis after an insect bite or sting)

Signs of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) include:

  • Difficult/noisy breathing
  • Swelling of tongue
  • Swelling/tightness in throat
  • Difficulty talking and/or hoarse voice
  • Wheeze or persistent cough
  • Persistent dizziness or collapse
  • Pale and floppy (young children)
  • Abdominal pain, vomiting after an insect bite or sting

As soon as you notice any one of these signs, using an EpiPen®is your best chance of reversing anaphylaxis.

Always call an ambulance to take you to hospital so that they can monitor you and give more adrenaline if needed.

Find out about ASCIA Action Plan

"Be prepared. Always keep your EpiPens and ASCIA Action Plan with you."