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People Korps
27-07-2010, 09:29 PM
I see that another man has died after an insect sting in Ireland. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/noted-author-dies-after-wasp-sting-2273291.html
Many people are prone to anaphylaxis without being aware that they have any problems. It is a caused by a severe over reaction to an allergen. The body attacks itself with a massive immune response to a minor threat eg bee venom, peanuts , wasp venom, jellyfish stings or combination of different allergens. It can lead to death either quite quickly or several hours later.

There is a simple antidote: an adrenaline injection.
However many people are not aware of the issue.

If you get stung or eat peanuts etc and begin to break out in a rash or have breathing difficulties it is essential to immediately seek medical attention.

If you are a parent and your child gets stung (especially near or after puberty) keep a close eye on them. If they suffer any other problems beyond the normal pain and irritation get them to a doctor/emergency room immediately.

People can develop reaction to something that has previously caused no problems.





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis is an acute multi-system severe type I hypersensitivity reaction. The term comes from the Greek words ανα ana (against) and φύλαξις phylaxis (protection).[1]

Due in part to the variety of definitions, between 1% and 15% of the population of the United States can be considered "at risk" for having an anaphylactic reaction if they are exposed to one or more allergens. Of those people who actually experience anaphylaxis, up to 1% may die as a result.[2]

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C. Flower
27-07-2010, 09:32 PM
Thanks for the good advice. Anything that can be done if no access to medical treatment ?

People Korps
27-07-2010, 09:39 PM
Antihistamine may slow down the onset and steroids eg oral or injectible cortisone but medical attention is essential. If someone ever has a reaction they will be given an easy injectable Epipen or Anapen brands to carry at all times. BUT I AM NOT A DOCTOR SO SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE

see http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~aair/anaphylaxis.htm#SEC7 for some advice

Andrew49
27-07-2010, 09:53 PM
I see that another man has died after an insect sting in Ireland. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/noted-author-dies-after-wasp-sting-2273291.html
Many people are prone to anaphylaxis without being aware that they have any problems. It is a caused by a severe over reaction to an allergen. The body attacks itself with a massive immune response to a minor threat eg bee venom, peanuts , wasp venom, jellyfish stings or combination of different allergens. It can lead to death either quite quickly or several hours later.

There is a simple antidote: an adrenaline injection.
However many people are not aware of the issue.

If you get stung or eat peanuts etc and begin to break out in a rash or have breathing difficulties it is essential to immediately seek medical attention.

If you are a parent and your child gets stung (especially near or after puberty) keep a close eye on them. If they suffer any other problems beyond the normal pain and irritation get them to a doctor immediately.

People can develop reaction to something that has previously caused no problems.

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Thanks for this - never knew about the adrenaline injection!

People Korps
27-07-2010, 10:50 PM
Thanks for this - never knew about the adrenaline injection!

the modern injection that people carry is an auto injection, ie two plastic covers need to be removed , in some versions pressure on the injection part of the tube triggers a spring with shoots a needle through clothes to the correct depth in the thigh and auto injects the adrenalin.

Others require a slight pressure on the top to trigger the spring. The reason for this is so a victim can self inject with no messing or if on the verge of unconsciousness,


here is a link to info from a product page http://www.epipen.com/page/causes-of-anaphylaxis-index

I bring this up today as a man died yesterday from a wasp sting, and another man living in the Wicklow hills died a few years ago before medical help could arrive.


I note that latex and exercise and shell fish/lobster can also bring on an attack.


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Lapsedmethodist
28-07-2010, 01:21 AM
Strangely sesame seed is another which can cause an attack.

People Korps
28-07-2010, 01:27 AM
Strangely sesame seed is another which can cause an attack.
Yes nuts, seeds, fish, stings . bites , even exercise