We have received a number of helpline enquiries from individuals with allergies who are concerned that they may be at greater risk from Coronavirus. There is no evidence at the current time to suggest that this is the case.
If you would like to discuss this please contact the Anaphylaxis Campaign Helpline by calling 01252 542029 or email: [email protected] 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.
For anyone concerned about the effect of COVID-19 on their allergic asthma please refer to Asthma UK for the latest advice.
Everyone should aim to ensure that their diet is nutritionally adequate because poor diet due to food avoidance could compromise immunity. This can sometimes be more difficult if you are avoiding food groups due to allergies.
For more guidance on achieving a healthy balanced diet with allergies please speak to your dietician or allergy specialist.
The best way to protect yourself and others is to use good hygiene methods, including regular hand washing.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign would like to reinforce the following advice;
- Always carry two adrenaline auto-injectors with you at all times.
- Ensure you have registered the expiry date of your devices on the relevant manufacturers websites to give you ample warning when a new prescription is required.
- Ensure you gain a replacement device prior to disposing of any out of date devices.
- Always make sure you have a trainer device which can be ordered from the manufacturer’s websites for free:
- Make sure that your family and friends are familiar with the device you have and how to use it.
- In an emergency call 999, ask for an ambulance and say anaphylaxis (pronounced as ‘anna-fill-axis’).
- All three adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) come with the following instructions on storage of their device: keeps AAIs in their original containers to prevent light exposure, do not store above 25oC and do not freeze. For EpiPen devices there is an additional instruction to not refrigerate the device.
- Your adrenaline auto-injector devices should be checked regularly to ensure the liquid is clear and colourless. If it appears discoloured or contains particles, the device should be replaced.