Some triggers, such as certain food groups, can be difficult to avoid. But staying away from allergens that cause anaphylaxis is a part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
- Food: Anytime a particular food leads to anaphylaxis, it needs to be eliminated from the diet. This may require you to learn how to search food labels for the ingredient(s) you are allergic to. You’ll need to be hypervigilant in terms of asking about the preparation and makeup of foods when you are away from home.
- Insect bites/stings: Wear protective clothing to prevent this type of anaphylaxis. This includes closed shoes, long-sleeved clothes, hats, and not drinking from open containers when outdoors.
- Medications: Understand that medications have different names and are made by many different manufacturers. As a result, it is important for you to learn not only the medication that brought on a specific reaction but also the brands and generic names of any similar medications.
You should also consider wearing a medical identification bracelet. If you are found unresponsive, emergency responders can identify that you have suffered a potential anaphylactic reaction and provide you with appropriate and swift care.