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Anaphylaxis on a plane

Lessons I learned the hard way

Hi A&AA, I am allergic to nuts and recently went into anaphylactic shock on an airplane. My husband and I wrote this story soon after my reaction, partly to help us process what happened but also to help others learn from our experience. I have had severe allergies since my teen years, experienced several anaphylactic reactions yet had never experienced a second phase of anaphylaxis. I did experience a second phase on this flight. My girlfriend who has a daughter with food allergies told me about your group a few days ago. We just want to save people the trauma we have suffered and potentially save lives. “Two days ago, I went into anaphylactic shock on an airplane after having accidentally ingested cashew nut. If it weren’t for my medically trained husband, the flight attendants and pilots working together, I don’t think I would have made it. Please share this warning. If you know anyone who is allergic to nuts or other foods, please share these lessons that I learnt today about anaphylaxis. I have been there time and time again, but never like this. Sharing my story might just help save someone else’s life.

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 Content created December 2013


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