Allergy Protocol

  • Allergic reactions can span a wide range of symptoms. The most severe and potentially life-threatening reaction is anaphylaxis. This protocol is to be used for students who are at risk for anaphylaxis and in circumstances where a previously undiagnosed life-threatening allergic response occurs.

    Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening medical condition occurring in allergic individuals after exposure to their specific allergens. Anaphylaxis refers to a collection of symptoms affecting multiple systems in the body, the most dangerous of which are breathing difficulties and a drop in blood pressure or shock, which are potentially fatal. The most common causes of anaphylaxis in children include allergies to:

    • Foods (most commonly peanuts, tree nuts, milk, dairy products, soy, wheat, fish and shell fish)
    • Insect stings (yellow jackets, bees, wasps, hornets)
    • Medications
    • Latex



    Anaphylaxis can occur immediately or up to two hours following exposure/ ingestion to the allergen. It is important to:

    • Identify students at risk
    • Have appropriate preventative policies
    • Be prepared to handle an emergency
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