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Know the difference between Allergies and Anaphylaxis

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We’re all too familiar with the traditional warnings of ‘may contain traces of…’ but what if we miss the signs? Follow our tips on how to spot the signs and symptoms.

Allergies vs Anaphylaxis

Allergies are a reaction to foreign substances that our body deems harmful even if the substance does not contain any dangerous elements. The body then goes into fight mode and tries to reject the substance which causes the onset of signs and symptoms such as hives, nasal congestion, itchy eyes and much more.

Anaphylaxis is a severe case of an allergic reaction, not everyone who suffers from allergic diseases will suffer an anaphylactic episode. Once you are diagnosed by your doctor as anaphylactic you will be prescribed an adrenaline auto-injector (EpiPen) to counteract an anaphylactic response.

Signs & Symptoms

An allergic reaction can range from mild to severe depending on the exposure to the trigger and the sufferer's tolerance levels. The difference between a mild to moderate allergic reaction and a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) can be distinguished by the following signs and symptoms:

Mild To Moderate Allergic Reaction

Severe Allergic Reaction (Anaphylaxis)

Tingling and itchiness of the mouth and throat

Loud and difficulty breathing

Swollen lips, eyes and face

Wheezing and persistent cough

Hives, rash, itchiness on the body

Fear and anxiety

Vomiting or abdominal pain

Heart palpitations

Sneezing, runny nose

Difficulty talking and croaky voice

Swelling in the throat and tongue

Pain and tightness in the chest

Children may become pale and floppy

Loss of strength or consciousness