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Jon

Food Allergy Awareness Month

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Peanut allergyOne of the most common reasons people will wear a medical ID bracelet is for a severe food allergy. Especially for kids, who may have trouble communicating their needs, a food allergy medical bracelet or anaphylaxis alert bracelet can put those around them, especially their parents, at a bit more ease. In the case of the food allergy medical bracelet, the jewelry does not just cause people to react if an emergency takes place, but serves as a visual reminder that a child needs special care—that is, avoidance of their allergen.
In the UK, the most common food allergens are: milk, egg, soy/soya, fish/seafood, peanut/legume and tree nut, sesame (and other seeds), mustard, and wheat. [1] People may be allergic to more than one item on the list, and those who have asthma may experience more severe reactions. Severe allergic reactions may also develop to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction to a substance. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include breathing problems, rash, throat swelling, hives, gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting), and swelling. Treatment of anaphylaxis must be rapid, given as an injection of epinephrine, typically in an autoinjector. Epinephrine will halt and begin to reverse the reaction, but dosing may need to be repeated. Once epinephrine is given for a suspected reaction—one should ALWAYS err to administer as it will do little harm to give epinephrine without need, but could do great harm to delay dosing—999 should be called immediately and the person should always seek emergency care from the hospital. Some people will have a second dose of epinephrine with them, to be given 10 to 15 minutes following the first dose, in the event the reaction begins to come back.
Because of the rapid need for treatment of allergic reactions, severe allergy medical ID or anaphylaxis ID bracelets should be engraved with ALLERGIC TO [food item], GIVE EPINEPHRINE – CALL 999, then followed by an emergency contact number to ensure that the person is promptly administered epinephrine if they are unable to administer themselves. It may also be helpful to engrave where epinephrine is stored (such as a backpack or purse)—most schools recommend or require children self-carry epinephrine, even if they cannot self-adminiser, and that the epinephrine is worn on the child’s belt in a waist pack for quick access. For your food allergy medical ID needs, please check out our shop!
Jon

World Asthma Day: Asthma Facts

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2563157fdbdfb6a1d9a9f9d39715157e03b61dAsthma is a common lung condition that affects 11 million people in the UK. [1] 1.1 million, or 10% of those living with asthma are children, according to Asthma UK. [1] While asthma is treatable, there is no cure—ongoing research strives to find better treatments and, one day, a cure for asthma.
Asthma causes inflammation in the lungs, which along with muscle constriction around the airways, can cause people to exxperience problems breathing (known as an asthma attack, flare up, or exacerbation). It can develop at any age, and ranges from mild to severe—though even people with mild asthma can have a severe, life-threatening, or fatal asthma attack. While people do die from asthma, proper treatment and ensuring you carry a rescue inhaler (blue puffer) if you have asthma, can help to decrease the risk of having a fatal asthma attack.
People with asthma are able to do anything they like (with the notable exception of SCUBA diving, which may not be as far off the mark as some used to think [2]). Exercise may trigger asthma, but is encouraged so long as asthma is well controlled (and can help manage asthma!)—taking a rescue inhaler as prescribed your doctor beforehand can help. Allergens (dust, animals, foods), chemicals, weather, illnesses, and more can cause asthma to flare up—people with asthma need to learn their triggers and figure out how to avoid them where possible (though, as someone with asthma, it is much easier said than done!)
If you have asthma, Asthma UK offers many programs for people living with asthma. Visit Asthma UK to learn more about what you can get involved with to support those living with asthma. May 2 is World Asthma Day, and there is no better time to get involved in changing asthma than during Asthma Awareness Month, which runs through the month of May.
Kerri

Tag your bag for the journey: Medical bag tags

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If you’re an avid traveler, you know the importance of keeping tags on your luggage. One trip, I could not for the life of me find a luggage tag in my house! Fortunately my suitcase made it successfully through both flights, but I can’t say I wasn’t just a tiny bit nervous because it seemed like I was tempting fate! But, how well do you identify your medical items as yours?
 

medical bag with red ID tag

Certain items, like blood glucose test kits, zip cases for medications, oxygen tanks or compressor bags and CPAP machines, wheelchairs or walkers, or nebulizer compressors are important, especially when travelling. Any bags that contain medical supplies should be readily identified so that if they are lost, the urgency to return them and their contents is known. Our red medical ID key chains also double as excellent bag tags. I have one attached to my nebulizer bag—if someone finds it somewhere and does not know what it is, they will at least know that it is medical equipment, and hopefully take it somewhere where they will find a way to contact me and return my supplies! 
 
Most of us are very careful with our medical equipment—but, especially in the hustle and bustle of travel, things happen. By outfitting your equipment or medication bag with a medical tag, such as our bright red ones, you can have the peace of mind that anybody who finds your bag can get it back to you. A tag can also help people identify where to find the medication that you might need if you cannot get to it yourself. Our tags come in both plastic and aluminum versions, as well as a red-emblem stainless steel version. While all of our products are light, I have the plastic red tag on my nebulizer bag—it’s low profile and stays out of my way, but is bright enough to see when needed. Since this small carry bag for my neb stays within my carry-on bag most of the time, I don’t test the tag’s durability too much; however, if you are really rough on your bag (like I am on my backpack!) you may prefer the aluminum version for your journeys.
 
And, unlike those those paper-insert plastic tags that sometimes only last one trip on your suitcase before the plastic cracks, these sturdy little tags will hold up to whatever you throw at them, just like the rest of our products. 
Kerri

Tips for Halloween Safety

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jack-o-lantern-pumpkins-11288879970iUJPIt’s coming up to Halloween time, and that means trick-or-treaters will be storming the streets. Here are some quick tips from My Identity Doctor to help you and your kids have a safe and healthy halloween.
  • Be bright. Glow sticks, reflective tape, and flashlights added to costumes can help kids be more visible. Wear bright coloured costumes to help out—while they might not be as scary, not much is scarier than a car coming at you unexpectedly!
  • If pets are walking around with you, they may be easily startled, and should also have something bright attached to them to stay safe.
  • Stay outside. Remind kids never to go inside a stranger’s house on Halloween night.
  • Check candy. Remind kids never to eat candy before they get home. If they really can’t resist, send some safe candy from home with them for their adventure.
  • Read labels. If your child has food allergies, ensure you read all candy labels or contact manufacturers. Have safe candy at home for them to have a treat while you’re checking their candy.
  • Be mindful of medical needs. If your kids have medical conditions, ensure you’re prepared for anything that might arise when you’re out—such as high or low blood sugars for kids with diabetes, seizure disorders, fatigue, or asthma (bonfires or exertion might cause symptoms). For kids with autism or other sensory issues, having another parent or adult along—whether collecting candy individually or in a group—might help to keep your child safe in a time that might be full of sensory overload. Another adult can help you keep an eye on the child with autism, or allow you to take an overwhelmed child home and allow others in the group to keep going with supervision.
And of course, our Medical ID products from My Identity Doctor compliment any costume—mix your fun with safety for a lower-stress night out.
Jon

The DO’s & DONT’s if you are suffering from a Penicillin Allergy

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Penicillin AllergyPenicillin is an antibiotic which is used by millions of people worldwide to fight bacterial infections and other related problems. Now, the most common side effect of Penicillin is it side effects. They are commonly known as Penicillin allergy. Now, let us see the chances of the patients having allergy towards Penicillin and how to control them.

Chances of having allergic reactions to Penicillin drugs and the chances of reducing them

A lot of people suffer from the side effects of Penicillin or Penicillin allergy. There are the chances of having a Penicillin allergy. If you have any past history of any allergy to Penicillin, try to consult your physician for any alternative drugs. If you face any kind of skin rashes or any kinds of abnormal reactions after taking the drug, just stop it immediately and contact the physician. The allergic reactions generally occur in the form of hives that come on the skin after taking the drugs. So, you need to stay careful and the moment you see the hives, you have to stop the drug. Sometimes the allergic reactions get more severe and that results in an anaphylactic reaction and that can be a real danger for health of the patient. You can also take the drug in very small quantities in the beginning such that the immune system of your body gets accustomed to it and doesn’t cause any allergic reaction to the drug later on. That is also an effective way to reduce the chances of the Penicillin allergy and stop the anaphylactic reactions. But one thing to remember is that once you face the allergy, stop the drug immediately and never continue it.

Now, there is obvious way to let people know about the allergy and to stay on the safe side always. That is the Penicillin allergy bracelet. Now, the persons suffering from the severe form of the Penicillin allergy can wear the bracelets and make the people such as the rescuers, medical professionals or the people offering the first aid about their illness and this bracelet can also save someone’s life. In many cases it is seen that the doctors and the other medical staffs are not able to know about the patient’s allergy to Penicillin and can prescribe or give some drugs having Penicillin. So, in that case it can also cause severe harm to someone’s life. So, the metal bracelet with the clear notification of the Penicillin allergy is not only for style. It can also be used to save someone’s life.

Any comments about the blog and further suggestions for the patients are welcomed.

Chances of having allergic reactions to Penicillin drugs and the chances of reducing them

 

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