Asthma is a common and long term lung condition that requires ongoing management. Asthma causes sensitivity to the airways, which can become inflamed and narrow on exposure to certain triggers, leading to difficulty in breathing. The symptoms of Asthma commonly start in childhood but it is possible to develop asthma at any age. This condition cannot be cured, but with a good Asthma action plan, it can be well controlled. Please visit your GP/practice nurse for an asthma action plan and share it with your child’s school.
Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Symptoms can start within seconds or minutes of exposure to the food or substance you are allergic to and usually will progress rapidly. On rare occasions, there may be a delay in the onset of a few hours. Anaphylaxis is potentially life-threatening and always requires an immediate emergency response. Pre-loaded auto-injectors containing adrenaline are prescribed for people believed to be at risk of anaphylaxis. An ambulance must be called immediately following injection of adrenaline, even if there is an immediate improvement. The emergency service operator must be told the person is suffering from anaphylaxis and needs to be attended by paramedics. Please inform your child’s school if you are prescribed an adrenaline injector so a care plan can be arranged.