How do I prevent anaphylaxis?
The following are some ways to help prevent a reaction:
- If you have had anaphylaxis, make sure your doctor and dentist know so that it is recorded on your medical chart. Tell them what you are allergic to, if you know.
- If you are allergic to insect stings, wear protective clothing and insect repellent when you're outside.
- Avoid handling or eating foods you are allergic to. Even tiny amounts mixed by accident into your food can cause a reaction. Read the ingredient list on any packaged foods you are going to eat.
- Wear or carry a medical alert bracelet, necklace or keychain that warns emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and doctors that you are at risk for anaphylaxis.
- Ask your doctor if you need desensitization shots. If you have had anaphylaxis because of a bee or wasp sting, desensitization shots are almost always a good idea.
- Ask your doctor if there are other things you also might be allergic to.
If you are at risk of anaphylaxis, keep an emergency anaphylaxis kit with you at all times. Make sure the people around you, such as your family and friends, know how to use it.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff