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Some common food allergies

> 2pc of adults and 6pc of young children have food allergies which have the potential to cause anaphylaxis.

> Symptoms of anaphylactic shock include swelling of throat, wheezing, vomiting and loss of consciousness.

> In the event of anaphylaxis, medical help needs to be sought immediately. And even if given a shot of adrenaline, the patient must be taken straight to casualty.

> Young children need to be reassessed every six months, phasing out to yearly appointments as they get older.

> People suffering from anaphylaxis should carry an Anapen at all times and wear an SOS bracelet to alert people of their condition.

> If you believe your child has an allergic reaction to certain foodstuffs, seek advice from your GP who can refer you to a specialist.

For more information visit www.allergy-ireland.net