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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:33 pm 
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The number of people admitted to hospital with life-threatening anaphylactic shock – involving sudden swelling, breathlessness and low blood pressure – has increased by at least 700 per cent in the last two decades.

Anaphylaxis is often triggered by an allergy, such as one to bee stings or peanuts. The number of people affected by allergies has trebled in the past 20 years and it is estimated that a third of the population will develop an allergy at some point in their lives.

The first guidelines for treating the condition, published today by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice), say doctors should record the circumstances immediately before the reaction to help identify the cause and ensure an adrenaline injector is given to patients after emergency treatment before they are referred to a specialist. Patients can then give themselves a shot of adrenaline, which may be life saving in the event of another attack.


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