Diagnosis

It is important that the diagnosis of a food allergy is made by a medical practitioner with experience in food allergy. Never self-diagnose or rely on anecdotal information for a diagnosis.

A person who is suspected of having a food allergy should obtain a referral to see an allergy specialist for correct diagnosis, advice on preventative management and emergency treatment. A referral to a dietitian may also be required, particularly with multiple food allergies.

People diagnosed with a potentially severe allergy must always carry their emergency medication (adrenaline (epinephrine) injector (such as Anapen®, EpiPen®)) as prescribed as well as an Action Plan for Anaphylaxis (ASCIA Website) signed by their doctor.

Being diagnosed with severe allergy can be a little overwhelming. But be aware, you’re not alone – help and support is available. Talk to your allergist or immunologist for expert personalised treatment and care. They’ll recommend regular follow-up so you can receive up to date information on allergy and the risk of anaphylaxis.

You can also subscribe to Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia at no cost, gaining an instant support group. You have instant access to a range of resources, discounts and a network of people who are in the same situation as you.

Having a severe allergy doesn’t mean you have to stop living your life.  With awareness, education and training, those who live with the risk and their families can lead normal, healthy lives.

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IN AN EMERGENCY

If you are having an allergic reaction follow advice on your ASCIA Action Plan.

If in doubt, give the Anapen® or EpiPen®.

Do not call us for emergency advice.

If you do not have an ASCIA Action Plan and/or an Anapen® or EpiPen® call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.