The Anaphylaxis Campaign highlights challenges students with allergies face at UniversityWritten by Anjali Dattani
Anaphylaxis (pronounced ana-fill-ax-is) is a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction. The Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK charity operating solely for the growing numbers of people at risk from severe allergic reactions. Severe symptoms such as swollen airways, acute asthma or becoming unconscious usually develop suddenly, often within minutes after being exposed to an allergy trigger such as a particular food. A fatality can occur within a short time of contact with an allergen.
The Anaphylaxis Camapign is running a University Campaign throughout 2019 to raise awareness with colleges and universities to the challenges students with severe allergy face in respect of;
- Meeting their own health needs and carrying 2 Adrenaline Auto-Injectors (AAI’s)
- Eating at university events,
- Eating out in their university town
- Living in shared university accommodation
The Anaphylaxis Camapign have identified that 16-24-year olds are in a high-risk group when it comes to managing their allergies. Having had parents to support them manage their allergies they now face having to do this alone. Students are often reluctant to share information about their allergies, they often resist carrying their AAI’s and may experiment with foods they are allergic to. Freshers week and social events often places additional pressures for the severely allergic student.
The University campaign will focus on working with companies who support students in a university setting i.e. The University Catering Organisation (TUCO), Association for Student Residential Accommodation (ASRA) to raise awareness of the issues and risks students face when living and studying in a university setting.
A group of Sports Management Students are fund raising for the Anaphylaxis Campaign as part of their university studies. We hope to be able to show case their efforts to other universities across the country.
As Easter approaches, we share some Easter tips to help allergic students enjoy the festivities.
Please feel free to download our ‘Allergy Awareness at Easter’ poster.
If you are not familiar with severe allergy or Anaphylaxis why not try our free AllergyWise course? To register for free click on the link below