1. As an asthma attack is the single most common cause of death following an anaphylactic shock, it's important that you are fully prepared for an attack.
2. If you are dining at a friend's home or in a restaurant, phone ahead and tell them about your allergy.
3. Carry around a written anaphylaxis emergency plan together with an emergency kit, which should include adrenaline, a non-sedating anti-histamine, and oral corticosteroids.
4. Finally, and most important of all, you should always test the food beforehand by putting a very small sample on your outer lip. Tell-tale signs of a chilli-like reaction, or tingling, burning, or swelling, are enough to pass on the meal.
(Source: The Lancet, 2007; 370: 483).