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Exercise Induced Anaphylaxis

Most People associate Anaphylaxis with food allergies, but this is not the case. Exercise induced anaphylaxis is a potentially-serious condition in which anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) occurs during or after physical activity.

What are the symptoms that could occur?
Mild symptoms that may occur include:
 Widespread flushing of the skin
 Nettle rash (otherwise known as hives or urticaria)
 Swelling of the skin (known as angioedema) anywhere on the body
 Swelling of the lips
 Abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting
Those mild symptoms can be present on their own, without more severe ones occurring. But you should watch carefully in case more severe ones begin to develop.
You could experience any of the following more severe symptoms:
 Swollen tongue
 Hoarse voice
 Difficulty swallowing
 Difficult or noisy breathing, wheeze, persistent cough
 Feeling faint or weak
There may also be a dramatic fall in blood pressure (anaphylactic shock). The person may become weak and floppy and may have a sense of something terrible happening. This may lead to collapse and unconsciousness.

How is anaphylaxis treated?
Pre-loaded auto-injectors (sometimes referred to as ‘pens’) containing adrenaline are prescribed for people believed to be at risk.
Because severe allergic reactions can occur rapidly, the prescribed 7DF5A2F4-9AC1-4074-9166-AEB93A2ACE54adrenaline auto-injector must be readily available at all times. The injection must be given as soon as a severe reaction is suspected to be occurring.
An ambulance must be called immediately following the use of the first device, even if there is immediate improvement or if further devices are available. The emergency service operator must be told the person is suffering from anaphylaxis and needs to be attended by paramedics.

Key points
 Make sure you get medical advice. See your GP and ask for a referral to an allergy clinic
 Once diagnosed, always carry your prescribed treatment AND INFORM THE GYM OR PERSONAL TRAINER
 If any symptoms occur, stop your exercising and rest. Do not drive
 Use your prescribed adrenaline as soon as a severe reaction is suspected to be occurring. An ambulance must be called immediately

If you suffer from Anaphylaxis and are concerned about an exercise induced attack, find a gym or trainer who is qualified in Anaphylaxis Awareness! This will give you peace oft mind that in the event it happened you are in safe knowing they are fully trained to deal with the situation.

Paul Garden from CODE Personal Training Harrogate has been working with Anaphylactic Clients for some time, and has now become the only Anaphylactic Awareness trained Personal Trainer in the district, trained in all aspects of Anaphylaxis and fully trained to administer adrenaline from all 3 injections.

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