Allergic Reactions

111. Symptoms and signs will normally appear within seconds or minutes after exposure to the allergen.  These may include:

  • a metallic taste or itching in the mouth
  • swelling of the face, throat, tongue and lips
  • difficulty in swallowing
  • flushed complexion
  • abdominal cramps and nausea
  • a rise in heart rate
  • collapse or unconsciousness
  • wheezing or difficulty breathing

    For emergency treatment of severe allergic reaction, see Appendix D.

112. Each pupil’s symptoms and allergens will vary and will need to be discussed when drawing up the IPP

113. Call an ambulance immediately particularly if there is any doubt about the severity of the reaction or if the pupil does not respond to the medication. (See Form Med 6)

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