What Can I do if I think I or a loved one have suffered Anaphylactic Shock?
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You should contact a legal expert, such as O’Neill Injury Solicitors, as quickly as possible.
O’Neill Injury Solicitors are specialists in all types of food poisoning claims. We have been representing clients who have suffered food allergic reactions since 2010. We have built up substantial expertise in this area.
Details must be recorded as quickly as possible. Interviews need to be carried out whilst people can still be contacted and while their memories are fresh. Time passes quickly, people soon forget, and evidence is no longer available.
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What is Anaphylactic Shock?
Anaphylactic Shock, or Anaphylaxis, is a life threatening allergic reaction. After exposure to a specific type of food the affected person’s immune system becomes sensitised to that allergen.
After that intial exposure to the food subsequent reactions can be severe and involve the whole body. Reactions of this severity are very dangerous. You must completely avoid any food(s) causing an allergic reaction.
However this is particularly hard to manage in a restaurant, takeaway or sandwich shop as you are reliant upon adequate food labelling. There have sadly been a signficant number of cases where food labelling was not adequate. As as result people have eaten food allergens without even knowing they were present. This has resulted in severe reactions and even death.
What Happens when you go into Anaphylactic Shock?
Breathing becomes difficult as the airways become obstructed. Swellings and hives on the lips and eyelids and throat can appear. This is extremely dangerous because if the airways become blocked a heart attack can result.
Other symptoms can include nausea and vomiting , slurred speech, abdominal pain or cramping and skin redness.
What is the Treatment for Anaphylactic Shock?
It cannot be stressed enough: this is a life threatening condition and immediate professional attention is required. It is an emergency. You must act as quickly as possible.
Once medical assistance arrives drugs can be administered that open the airways. These drugs will also raise blood pressure from the low level caused by the severe reaction to food allergens.
What is the Prognosis for Anaphylactic Shock cases?
- Without prompt treatment the prognosis is very poor.
- In the UK about 10 people a year die from anaphylaxis brought on by food.
- Swift therapeutic intervention can deliver a full recovery.