Posted by William on April 13, 2012
Anaphylactic shock is a severe, often immediate and sometimes fatal allergic reaction to certain foods or drugs.
What to Look for:
itching or hives
flushed face or warm skin
swollen face or tongue
nausea, vomiting or abdominal cramps
wheezing or difficulty breathing
increased heart rate
loss of consciousness
What to Do:
Call 911 immediately and try to keep the victim calm.
Check the victim’s ABCs: Lift the victim’s chin to open the airway, check his or her breathing capability and check for circulation (a pulse).
If the person is not breathing, or does not have a pulse or heartbeat, begin CPR.
If the person is breathing and has a pulse:
Lay the victim on his or her back, with feet elevated 12 inches.
Do not place a pillow under his or her head; a bend in the neck could block the airway.
If the victim is bleeding externally, apply pressure to the wound.
Loosen any tight clothing and cover the victim with a blanket (not electric), sheet or additional clothing; do not use any form of direct heat.
Do not give the victim anything to eat or drink.