What is a Life Threatening Allergic Reaction or Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis (a-na-fi-LAX-is) is a life threatening allergic reaction that can occur quickly (as fast as within a few minutes). Symptoms of Anaphylaxis vary, but can include hives, itching, flushing, and swelling of the lips, tongue, and roof of mouth. The airway is often affected, resulting in tightness of the throat, chest tightness and difficulty breathing. These reactions can also be accompanied by chest pain, low blood pressure, dizziness and headaches. Anaphylaxis can be caused by a number of triggers including but not limited to certain foods, stinging and insect bites, medications and latex.

If your child has been diagnosed with a Life Threatening Allergy the following must be provided prior to the start of school:

  • A physician and parent signed Action Plan

  • A clear 2x2 photo of child’s face

  • An unexpired Epi-Pen in a pharmacy labeled box

Below you can find the link to the Food Allergy Action Plan and Asthma Action Plan.