What is Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis (pronounced ana-fil-ax-is) is a serious and often sudden allergic reaction. It can occur when someone with allergies is exposed to something they are allergic to (known as an allergen). Reactions usually begin within minutes and rapidly progress but can occur up to 2-3 hours later.

Anaphylaxis is potentially life-threatening and always requires an immediate emergency response.

If you have experienced a sudden allergic reaction in the past, then you may be at risk of anaphylaxis even if you have not had anaphylaxis before. We advise that you see your GP and ask for a referral to an allergy clinic.

A diagnosis of anaphylaxis can be daunting at first, but by becoming well-informed, thinking ahead and employing daily coping strategies, people affected find that life can return, almost, to normal.

Supporting People With Serious Allergies

Here are some of the ways we support people to manage day-to-day life with a serious allergy.

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About Anaphylaxis UK

Anaphylaxis UK is the only UK-wide charity operating solely for the growing numbers of people at risk of serious allergic reactions and anaphylaxis. While there’s no treatment or cure for anaphylaxis, we believe that by providing information, training and support, there is a brighter future for people living with serious allergies.

Our mission is to create a safer environment for everyone with allergies by working with and offering training for the food industry, schools, pre-schools, colleges, health professionals and others.

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Is Your School AllergyWise®?

We offer training for teachers and all school staff. We encourage a whole school allergy awareness approach – the more staff who understand allergy and how to recognise an allergic reaction, the more likely your school will be able to safely manage pupils with allergies.

Check with your school and ask if they have done our training.

Ways You Can Help

There are many ways that you can get involved with the vital work we do! Your support has a huge impact on the lives of people with serious allergies.

Your time is as valuable as your donations, so explore the button below to discover all the ways you can help us further our mission of securing a brighter future for people at risk of anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis UK's Convenient Clothes Collection

If you have a busy schedule or a large quantity of clothes to donate, Anaphylaxis UK offers a FREE pickup service.

Have your donated items collected from either your home, workplace, school or university saving you time and effort!

Living with Serious Allergies

Guidance for Parents

If you're a parent, explore our guide all about teaching children how to live with food allergies and educating them about anaphylaxis.

Managing Allergies at University

As you leave for university, it might be the first time you’ve had to manage your allergies on your own. Make the transition a bit easier with Anaphylaxis UK.

Shopping & Preparing Food

If you or a member of your household has a food allergy, there are precautions you can take while shopping or preparing food at home to ensure food safety.

Travelling

Allergies can be stressful, especially when you’re in a busy airport or in new and unfamiliar surroundings. Follow our top tips and be as prepared as possible to stay safe and confident while travelling.

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Latest News from Anaphylaxis UK

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Our Bee and Wasp Venom Awareness Campaign is back for 2024 23rd May 2024

We are delighted to be launching our Bee and Wasp Venom Awareness Campaign for 2024, supported by an educational grant from ALK. The campaign will offer invaluable guidance on bee and wasp sting avoidance, recognising anaphylaxis symptoms, the steps to take in an emergency and information about venom immunotherapy.
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Around 2.4 million UK adults estimated to have food allergies, new study finds 16th May 2024

A major study by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed that approximately 6% of the UK adult population, or around 2.4 million people, live with a clinically confirmed food allergy. The Patterns and Prevalence of Adult Food Allergy (PAFA)
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Next generation QR codes aim to reduce allergic reactions caused by mislabelled or unclear food packaging 15th May 2024

New research from GS1 UK has found that 56% of those with allergies have had a reaction from incorrect or unclear labelling, and 23% have had multiple reactions. GS1 UK members are piloting next-generation barcodes (a fusion of the linear barcode and the QR code) to allow customers to find product information on their smartphones to make allergen information more accurate and accessible.
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Allergy Alerts

Wheat (gluten) Alert – Tropical Sun Semolina Fine and Coarse 17th May 2024

Product Name: Tropical Sun Semolina Fine and Coarse   Tropical Sun Semolina Fine Pack Size: 1.5kg Best Before: April 2026 April 2026 March 2026 January 2026 January 2026 December 2025 November 2025 November 2025 September 2025 September 2025 July 2025
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Sulphites Alert – Coop 20 Piece Picnic Platter 12th April 2024

Product Name: Coop 20* Piece Picnic Platter Use By: 21st April 2024     We have been alerted by Coop that it is recalling its Coop 20* Piece Picnic Platter from sale because it contains sulphites which is not declared
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Soya Alert – Plant Kitchen Mushroom Pie 12th April 2024

Product Name: Plant Kitchen Mushroom Pie Use By Dates: 12/4/2024, 16/4/2024, 18/4/2024, 22/4/2024 Barcode Number: 0360944     We have been alerted by Marks & Spencer that it is recalling its Plant Kitchen Mushroom Pie from sale because it contains
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