Anaphylaxis and other allergic reactions to food: a global challenge

BMJ Case Rep. 2020 May 14;13(5):e231425. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2019-231425.


We describe a case of a biphasic anaphylactic reaction that occurred in a young woman soon after the ingestion of soy milk that led to her hospitalisation. Early recognition and appropriate treatment led to a successful outcome of this life-threatening condition. Challenges encountered in the care of this common illness are highlighted. There is a need for an increase in public awareness on dangerous allergic reactions caused by allergens present in food products in public use, thereby facilitating primary preventative measures to minimise its occurrence. Healthcare stakeholders need to implement measures of contemporary preventative medicine and efficient therapeutic protocols to safeguard the public welfare concerning this global health problem where appropriate interventions can reduce morbidity and mortality. Trial registration numbers NCT02991885 and NCT02851277.

Keywords: allergy, asthma; general practice / family medicine; global Health; immunology; public health.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anaphylaxis / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Food Hypersensitivity / drug therapy*
  • Global Health*
  • Humans
  • Soy Milk*
  • Young Adult

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