Monday, February 24, 2014

No ifs, ands, or NUTS!

V-I-G-I-L-A-N-C-E, the only current treatment for peanut allergies…

There is no cure for peanut allergies, so it is up to the allergy sufferer to be responsible for minimizing accidental exposures to allergens.

What are the keys to staying safe?
- Ask questions.  Whether eating at a restaurant or hanging out with friends, it is imperative that a peanut allergy sufferer asks about how foods are prepared and what ingredients are used.
- Tell people.  Explain to your friends and family that you have a peanut allergy.  Don’t  assume that people understand your disability.
- Avoid the allergen or products processed with the allergen.
- Wear medical identification (e.g., bracelets, other jewelry) at all times.
- Keep your prescriptions current.  Even if you have never needed to use your injector, throw it away when it expires and renew your prescriptions.
- Use your epinephrine injector when needed.  If you have been exposed to a known allergen, don’t wait for your symptoms improve.
- Go to the Emergency Room if you use your epinephrine injector.  Even if your symptoms improve, you still need to follow up with a doctor for evaluation.

An epi-pen is not foolproof.  A peanut allergy sufferer must be vigilant to ensure safety.

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