August 22, 2005-- Posted at 3:05 PM CDT
(HealthDay News) -- As kids head back to school, experts are urging that parents of children with allergies inform teachers and other school staff about anaphylaxis -- a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction triggered by allergens.
"All school staff must be made aware of the potentially severe nature of anaphylactic reaction. Parents need to work together with teachers, coaches and school nurses to avoid triggers and act quickly if a reaction occurs," Dr. S. Allan Bock, chairman of the anaphylaxis committee at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), said in a prepared statement.
Symptoms of anaphylaxis include nausea and vomiting, severe headache, hives, sneezing and coughing, itching all over the body, swelling of the lips, tongue and throat, and anxiety. The most dangerous symptoms -- trouble breathing, a drop in blood pressure, and shock -- can all be fatal.
Experts at the AAAAI and the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) outline steps parents with allergic children can take before the start of the school year:
The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network has more about anaphylaxis (www.foodallergy.org ).
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, news release, August 2005
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