food allergy bracelet


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!

Why you should wear medical ID if you have severe food or latex allergies

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If you live with a severe allergy, you often will be hyper-vigilant about your surroundings—if you have a food allergy, checking ingredient labels and asking questions may become second nature, but still weigh on your mind; if you are allergic to latex, you may find yourself constantly screening your surroundings for potential hazards that contain latex, such as balloons, latex rubber gloves, or foods that may be unsafe for some people with latex allergies to consume, like bananas, avocados, chestnuts or kiwi.
Burton the shop pup, a golden retriever, holding a hot dog toy.

It’s a good thing Burton doesn’t have any food allergies… I bet his hot dog has been on the floor, too!

Despite your best efforts though, sometimes you’ll be exposed to something that you can’t control—and that can be scary. If you are prescribed epinephrine, it is important to carry epinephrine auto-injectors (one or two) with you all the time, to treat a reaction as soon as it begins. After using epinephrine, it is important to call 999 immediately so that you can receive medical attention just in case a reaction starts up again. For instance “Allergic to tree nuts and latex. Give epinephrine, call 999” makes it so there are no questions what to do if you cannot speak for yourself. Or, “Peanut allergy. Give epinephrine in belt pack,  then call 999.” Ensure it is clear what you need in case you cannot speak due to breathing problems or throat swelling, or if you become unconscious.  If you have two doses of epinephrine, a second can be given if needed—your medical team will inform you of whether or not you might need a second dose—you should ask a medical professional, as well, what should be engraved on our medical alert tag. Engraving this information on your bracelet, along with what you are allergic to, is important so that people around you can understand what you need if you cannot speak for yourself.
Staying safe does not have to be boring, though. We have lots of different styles of medical ID jewelrybracelets, necklaces, keychains, and more—for you to choose from to live safely with a severe allergy.
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