Della Devoted!: Food Allergy Awareness

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Food Allergy Awareness



Our Son Raylan has recently been diagnosed with a Peanut Allergy. It has been a trying time. We have seen specialists and several tests have been done. On a scale from 0-5, his severity is a 4. We have learned that even if it was a 1, it doesn't determine the severity of a reaction. A serious life threatening reaction could occur no matter what the number is on the scale. The best way to manage a reaction is avoidance. We now pack an EpiPen and Benadryl everywhere we go. I have spent the last month researching and being aware of the signs and symptoms and doing my best to avoid all things peanut. This week is food allergy awareness week so I feel the need to share some advice and awareness to you. Food allergies is something that shouldn't be taken lightly.  Most people just brush it off but it can be very deadly. Food Allergies are no joke. Please pay attention and be aware. You could save a life.

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Anaphylaxis is SERIOUS! It's a serious allergic reaction that comes on quickly and can cause death. Early use of an Epinephrine Auto-injector is the primary treatment for Anaphylaxis.

Antihistamines will not stop Anaphylaxis

The first line of treatment for severe allergic reaction is epinephrine

There is no cure for food allergies yet...Strict avoidance is the ONLY WAY to prevent a reaction.

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How to Protect the Lives of Children or Friends Who Have Food Allergies:

* Never Take Food Allergies lightly. They are not the same as food intolerance. Food allergies involve the immune system and can be life threatening.
*Don't Share food with friends or children who have food allergies
*Wash your hands after eating
*Don't let others kiss on your babies or children. You never know what they could have ate
*Ask what others are allergic to and take measures to help them avoid it
*If someone with food allergies becomes ill, get help immediately!


Spread awareness not just this week but all the time. Help save someone's life!









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