Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that needs emergency medical treatment. It can happen in seconds or even hours after contact with something you’re allergic to, like foods, insect venom, latex, or medication. In rare cases, exercise and physical activity also can trigger anaphylaxis.
Call 911 immediately if you think someone has symptoms of anaphylaxis. These may include:
Try these tips to enjoy outdoor living, gardening, and hiking despite your allergies.
Thick of It: Is the grass getting high? Wear a mask if you're mowing. Nothing fancy -- an inexpensive painter's mask works fine.
High and Dry:
Pollen counts are highest on hot, dry, windy days. Check the forecast before making plans.
Good Scents, Bad Sense:
Allergic to insect stings? Don't wear scented deodorants, perfumes, shampoos, or hair products. Carry an epi pen when hiking.