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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    First Aid Guide – Severe allergic reactions (Anaphylaxis)


    Severe allergic reactions can develop quickly, within seconds or minutes of contact with particular triggers. In those susceptible, severe allergic reactions can affect the whole body and can be potentially fatal. If you suspect somebody is having a severe allergic reaction, look out for the following:

    • Wheezing or gasping for air
    • Impaired breathing
    • Anxiety
    • Blotchy skin
    • Signs of shock
    • Puffiness around the eyes
    • Swelling of tongue and throat

    The casualty will need to be taken to hospital immediately, so call 999 or 112 and give them as much information as you can about what has caused the reaction. The casualty may be carrying medicine for an allergic reaction, so help them to use it. If they are unconscious, open their airway and check their breathing. You should place them into the recovery position if they are unconscious but breathing. You may need to administer CP if they’re not breathing. If conscious, you should help them into a sitting position to relieve breathing difficulties.

    You should never administer medication to somebody that is not their own or take any other steps to help them unless you are a trained doctor or first-aider. Reassure them and wait for the ambulance to arrive.

    Have you suffered a severe allergic reaction?

    Severe allergic reactions can be life-threatening and if you have been affected, you are reliant on somebody to assist you whilst you wait for an ambulance. If somebody doesn’t provide you with the right first-aid or administers the wrong medication to you, you may suffer a worse reaction. In situations like this, it might be possible to make a claim for compensation, so get in touch with a personal injury lawyer to see if you’re able to make a claim.

    Call Accident Advice Helpline

    Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been working in the personal injury industry since 2000 and we have helped hundreds of customers claim compensation for their injuries. However you have been affected by an allergic reaction, we can help. Our team offers confidential, no-obligation advice, and because all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, there are no upfront fees to worry about. You can take the 30-second test on our website to find out how much you could claim. It’s easy to get in touch with us to find out more, just call our freephone helpline – we’re open 24/7.

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