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Anaphylaxis in school settings

Allergic reactions in children must be swiftly identified and managed, write Roisin Fitzsimons, Patricia Kane and Adam Fox

Most allergic reactions in childhood are mild and relatively simple to manage but more severe reactions do occur. Anaphylaxis, a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction, has become an increasingly common occurrence in the UK and a significant proportion of such reactions in children occur in the school environment.

The key issues in the successful management of anaphylaxis are early recognition and prompt treatment with intramuscular adrenaline1. Each accidental reaction should also be used as a catalyst to better understand the changes that could be implemented to make a recurrence less likely.

This article uses two typical case studies to explore the issues around the management of anaphylaxis in school settings.

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