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There has been some discussion on use of the word anaphylaxis. There are many people that refer to themselves/their child being anaphylactic to peanut or egg or bees or Jack Jumper ants for example. In reality, people are ALLERGIC to egg or bee etc and they are AT RISK OF ANAPHYLAXIS to egg or bee etc.

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction and not a state of being unless you are experiencing a severe allergic reaction(anaphylaxis) at that moment. We cannot say my child has anaphylaxis to food or insect unless he is having an anaphylaxis at that time you are speaking. What we do say is that we/our children have an allergy to XX and they are at high risk of anaphylaxis if they have been prescribed an adrenaline autoinjector. We can say someone has HAD an anaphylaxis but we don't send kids off to school or a party WITH anaphylaxis and if an adult had anaphylaxis, there would be no way they could turn up for work that day! People have an ALLERGY.

A&AA understands that most people say they/their child has anaphylaxis so others understand it is a serious allergy however we suggest people communicate their/their child's allergy by saying they have a severe allergy, a potentially life threatening allergy or a severe allergy and they have been prescribed an adrenaline autoinjector(EpiPen or Anapen). This communicates seriousness whilst using the correct terminology. If you are unsure about the message we are trying to communicate, please speak with your doctor next time you visit.


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