…just like allergy sufferers. And they are on the rise. For many people allergies can range from sniffling and sneezing to skin rashes to gastrointestinal issues. A certain percentage, however, have more than these uncomfortable symptoms to deal with. Anaphylaxis, a serious life-threatening reaction, causes approximately 1,500 deaths a year in the United States alone. Clearly, allergies are nothing to sneeze at!
Articles for Advocacy
Many Schools Face Challenges Implementing Stock Epinephrine
The good news is that laws have been passed to enable schools to stock epinephrine for use on anyone in an emergency. But now the real work begins for implementation. There are many issues to be addressed such as funding and training all necessary personnel including coaches, teachers, cafeteria workers and bus drivers. They will need to learn to recognize signs of anaphylaxis and how to administer epinephrine auto-injectors. Read the full article below.
March 25, 2015
By Brenda Silvia-Torma
As the movement spreads to pass legislation allowing or requiring schools to stock emergency supplies of epinephrine, the challenge becomes finding ways to implement these laws.
It’s not as simple as it may seem.
School nurses and administrators tasked with developing stock epinephrine policies must address simple questions like where to store epinephrine auto-injectors, as well as more complicated ones like how to train staff to know when and how to administer epinephrine, the first-line treatment for a severe allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis.
Blood test predicts severity of peanut and seafood allergies
Wouldn’t it be great to have a simple blood test to find out if you would have a serious reaction to allergen? Researchers at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City are very close to developing just such a test. It will be a much safer and more reliable way to diagnose life-threatening allergies than using skin prick tests or ingesting food under a doctor’s supervision.
April 1, 2015
A new blood test promises to predict which people will have severe allergic reactions to foods according to a new study led by Mount Sinai researchers and published online in the The Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Brace For A Severe Allergy Season
March 22, 2015
By James Maynard
Allergies bring misery to millions at this time each year, and health professionals are warning the public this year could be a hard allergy season.
Allergens are foreign substances that enter the human body. Most people can take in these substances with little or no difficulty. However, the immune systems of people who suffer from allergies overreact to these materials, causing the uncomfortable feelings.