New guidelines have been issued to patients who suffer from severe effects of anaphylactic shock.
The number of cases of anaphylactic reactions is increasing in the UK.
Patients who have an anaphylactic reaction have life-threatening airway, breathing or circulation problems.
The most common triggers for anaphylaxis include:
- Insect stings, mainly from bees or wasps
- Foods such as peanuts which accounting half of all cases
The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) has issued new guidance on the use of adrenaline auto-injectors by patients.
If you carry one, please make sure that you have read the new guidance; it suggests you should be carrying two.