Signs of an allergic reaction

Here are the signs of an allergic reaction:

  • MOUTH: itching and swelling of lips, tongue, or mouth 
  • THROAT: itching and/or a sense of tightness in the throat, hoarseness, and hacking cough
  • SKIN: hives, itchy rash, and/or swelling about the face or extremities
  • STOMACH: nausea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
  • LUNG: shortness of breath, repetitive coughing, and/or wheezing 
  • HEART:  “thready” pulse, “passing out” 


The severity of these symptoms can quickly change. All of these symptoms can potentially progress to a life-threatening situation.

ACTION: If Epi-Pen is prescribed, administer immediately. Call 911 and parents. Do not hesitate to administer medication or call rescue squad.