The importance of understanding

Severe allergic reactions

A severe allergic reaction, also known as anaphylaxis, is a serious, life-threatening reaction caused by an allergen (allergy trigger).

Causes of severe allergic reactions

Severe allergic reactions require immediate medical attention and if not treated properly, can be fatal.


Including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, milk, eggs and wheat

Insect stings

Including stings from bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants

Insect bites

Including bites from mosquitos and black flies

Certain Medicines



Including exercise, asthma, unknown causes or other allergens

Stay alert
Warning signs of a severe allergic reaction


  • Increased heart rate
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain


  • Loss of consciousness
  • Collapse
  • Feeling faint
  • A sudden feeling of weakness
  • Fear, worry (anxiety) or an overwhelming sense of doom


  • Swelling of the throat, lips, tongue or the area around the eyes
  • Hives
  • Flushing, itching, or redness of the skin


  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Wheezing and cough
  • A metallic taste or itching in the mouth
  • Stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Paleness
If you experience these symptoms, make sure to use your EMERADE® immediately and then seek medical attention.

Some Tips
to Stay on Guard

Always carry your EMERADE® or keep them in multiple locations
Remember to always have access to or carry 2 EMERADE® autoinjectors
The dose depends on weight and age
Avoid allergy triggers as much as possible
Stay prepared, educate your family and friends and share information, so they know what to do in the event of an emergency

Looking for more?

Whether it’s more tips, tools or downloads, there are plenty of helpful allergy resources. Here are some resource recommendations to stay ready.

Allergy Resources