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Webchat: Anaphylaxis Awareness 04.09.2017 4:30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 4th September 2017.

Do you or one of your friends suffer from a severe allergy?  Do you know how to recognise an anaphylactic reaction or what to do if someone is suffering from an anaphylactic reaction, have a question you would like answered, then join us online on Monday 4th September 2017 at 4.30-5pm where you can chat about your worries and get health advice and information.

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Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 4 Sep 16:16

Join us in 15 minutes to chat about Anaphylaxis Awareness

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 4 Sep 16:30

Welcome to this afternoon's chat which is about anaphylaxis and allergy.
Did you know that approximately 50% of the population suffer with an allergy. This could be asthma, hayfever, eczema or food allergy and can range from fairly minor to severe.
Do you or one of your friends have an allergy? How do you cope with this?

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 4 Sep 16:36

Did you know that peanut allergy affects 2% of children and food allergy affects approximately 6% of children.

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 4 Sep 16:39

Hayfever is a common allergy among young people and tends to occur during exam season. Are you aware that poorly controlled hayfever can affect your results by as much as one full grade.

Make sure that you seek advice from a pharmacist or GP if you suffer from hayfever and worry that it might be affecting you at school. Make sure that you do this at least two weeks before the hayfever season starts

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 4 Sep 16:45

Rhinitis is a fancy word for a runny nose. This can also be an allergic response and can affect your sleep if it is not treated accordingly. This can also affect your concentration at school and may impact on your grades.

Seek advice from your pharmacist or GP if you think this is affecting you

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 4 Sep 16:48

Eczema is an itchy skin condition that may be made worse by allergies. Constant itching can affect your sleep and can distract you in class. Remember to apply any moisturiser that has been recommended for you frequently and to apply any other creams as recommended or prescribed.

You may find that it helps not to let yourself get too hot as this can increase the itchiness.

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 4 Sep 16:54

Anaphylaxis is the name for a very severe allergic reaction. This is usually to foods, bee stings and medicines. If you are thought to be at risk of anaphylaxis you may have been prescribed an adrenaline autoinjector (Epipen, Jext or Emerade).

If you have been prescribed one of these it is really important that you and your friends and family know how and when to use it. Manufacturers of all of the autoinjectors have websites with videos demonstrating use.

Make sure you have your autoinjector with you at ALL times

If you are unsure about any of this you can get advice from your pharmacist, GP or School Nurse

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 4 Sep 16:57

Anaphylaxis can be very serious. If you think your or a friend are having an anaphylactic reaction it is better to use your autoinjector early. It is really important to make sure that you ring an ambulance so that help is on the way to you.

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 4 Sep 17:00

In summary allergies can vary from mild to severe and it is really important that you seek advice from a professional if you think you are affected.

If you have an allergy always make sure that your friends know what you are allergic too and what to do in an emergency.

If you have any more questions please contact your Public Health Nurse (School Nurse) through Chat Health or your GP.

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Alternatively you could speak to your parent/carer, a trusted adult, member of school staff, your Public Health Nurse (previously known as a school nurse) or doctor.  If there is an emergency then please contact 999 or visit A&E.

You can text your Public Health Nurse through the ChatHealth messaging service which runs Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.  If you go to school in Leicester City please text 07520 615386, if you go to school in Leicestershire County or Rutland then please text 07520 615387.

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