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Anaphylaxis and Skin Findings

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Staff Training: Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis in School – What School Staff Need to KnowStaff Training: Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis in School – What School Staff Need to Know

This 30 minute module is designed to assist the school nurse in staff training of management of life-threatening allergic reactions and increase food allergy awareness for all school staff including teachers, food service personnel, administrators, aides, specialists, coaches, bus drivers, custodians and others.


All anaphylactic reactions have skin symptoms.



Although skin symptoms occur in most cases of food induced anaphylaxis, 10 to 20% of cases have no skin findings.



This is an important fact that anyone responsible for caring for a child with a food allergy or other causes of anaphylaxis should be aware of. The lack of skin symptoms should not delay treatment of anaphylaxis. Review the emergency care plans for the children that you are responsible with your school nurse or healthcare provider, know the symptoms of anaphylaxis, and know your role in your school’s emergency protocol.


Food Allergen Exposure in the School Setting: A handy reference table that reviews evidence, challenges, and interventions for exposure to food allergens.
Living Confidently With Food Allergy: Avoiding Food Allergen: Chapter from parent handbook that reviews common routes of exposure.


  1. Schoessler and White. Recognition and Treatment of Anaphylaxis in the School Setting: The Essential Role of the School Nurse. The Journal of School Nursing. December 2013 29: 407-415
  2. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)-Sponsored Expert Panel. Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Report of the NIAID-Sponsored Expert Panel. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 126.6 (2010): S1-S58.



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