Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction which involves several parts of the body. Immediate allergic reactions include the development of hives on the face or body; sneezing and watery eyes; coughing; choking; or gagging; wheezing and trouble feeling dizzy or lightheaded, loss of consciousness. Anaphylaxis can be fatal if not treated immediately with epinephrine.
Research studies have shown that significant proportion of children and parents/caregivers do not always recognize the signs of anaphylaxis. They also get confused about the proper steps for treatment.