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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What to do if someone experiences anaphylaxis from food allergy?

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    Dr Alexander Lozynsky

    Allergy Specialist & Immunologist

    Consultant allergist and immunologist, with particular interest in allergic rhinitis and sinusitis, allergic respiratory disorders, food allergies and sensitivity and allergic skin conditions, including atopic … View Profile

    Anaphylaxis, no matter what the cause, is a life threatening emergency and requires immediate treatment with adrenaline (known as epinephrine in the U.S.A. and Canada). In Australia there are two types - Epi pen and Anapen, that are available in concentrations of 0.15mg and 0.3mg. Anapen will soon also be available as 0.5mg. The 0.15mg is for persons less than 25Kg and the 0.3mg for those above 25Kg.
    They are available through the PBS at reduced cost if prescribed by an allergist/immunologist, paediatrician or after treatment for anaphylaxis in a hospital Emergency Department. An emergency action plan that identifies the causative agent eg. peanut or insect (bee or wasp), needs to be provided to the patient or parent in the case of a child.

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