More people have food allergies than ever. And the incidence of life-threatening allergic reactions is increasing. In addition to food reactions, many suffer from the threat of severe reactions to insect bites, latex, and prescribed medications. the medical community doesn’t know what is causing this increase. But they do know that if people with severe reactions don’t take precautions and intervene promptly, they could die.
According to Medscape, in the United States alone, from 1997 to 2007, there was an 18% increase in prevalence of food allergy among children under the age of 18 years More recent statistics reveal 8% of young children in the United States suffer from food allergy. Of these children, approximately 30% have multiple food allergies, and 38.7% have a history of severe food-induced reactions.
We are highlighting two short videos and an important article below. The first one video gives the “A B C D and Es” of life-threatening allergic reaction.
Symptoms are broken into 5 areas, and any of these, in any order, could signal the need for an immediate injection of epinephrine.
Airway obstruction: hoarse, swelling, itching in throat
Breathing difficulties: short of breath, tired or blue coloring around mouth
Circulation impairment: pale or clammy skin, weak pulse weak, faint
Disability: confused, agitated, altered state, vomiting, abdominal pain
Exposure: hives, swelling of lips, eyes, throat, other body part, general rash
According the clip, an emergency number should be called after an injection and the person should be monitored for six hours.
Watch the video Life threatening allergic reaction? Think A B C D E below:
Share the Take the Kit Campaign
Kids, teens, and young adults are most affected by severe allergic reactions. It’s easy for anyone to get complacent about keeping an Epipen or similar device available at all times. This sobering YouTube video was developed to encourage those at risk to have stay prepared. (It takes a little careful watching to see the boyfriend eating peanuts prior to the kiss.)
Watch the video Take the Kit video below:
New: An Epipen Smart Case
New Epipen case includes sensors to locate a misplaced Epipen, receive alerts, monitor temperature, notify support networks and provide verbal alerts to help bystanderes in an emergency
An anaphylaxis campaign has been launched by a lead organization in the UK.
FoodsMatter webpage on severe allergy
The Mayo Clinic on anaphylaxis