This document is an overview of Anaphylactic symptoms and first aid. It could be used as the basis for a public notice to be displayed near an apiary during a public event.
Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction to a trigger such as an insect sting. It’s also known as anaphylactic shock.
Symptoms of anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis usually develops suddenly and can get worse very quickly. The symptoms can include:
- feeling lightheaded or faint
- clammy skin
- confusion and anxiety
- collapsing or losing consciousness
- a fast heartbeat
- breathing difficulties – such as fast, shallow breathing
What to do if someone has anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency. It can be serious if not treated quickly.
If someone has symptoms of anaphylaxis, you should:
- call 999 for an ambulance immediately – mention that you think the person has anaphylaxis. Write down the map reference of your apiary (perhaps on a hive stand) in case you ever need to direct an ambulance
- remove any trigger if possible – for example, carefully remove any wasp or bee sting stuck in the skin
- lie the person down flat – unless they’re unconscious, pregnant or having breathing difficulties
- use an adrenaline auto-injector if the person has one – but make sure you know how to use it correctly first
- give another injection after 5-15 minutes if the symptoms don’t improve and a second auto-injector is available
This page is based on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/anaphylaxis/