…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
Rising retail costs and other barriers are preventing people with severe allergies from obtaining epinephrine auto-injectors for emergency use during anaphylactic reactions. Prices have skyrocketed during the past few years, even with increased competition. Read the complete article below written by a concerned mother and physician.
Could a teen’s desire to “fit in” with the crowd become life-threatening? Certainly, if they have a severe food allergy, researchers report. A recent study revealed that 54 percent of surveyed students with allergies said they purposefully ingested a potentially unsafe food, while 42 percent were willing to eat a food labeled that it “may contain” the problematic allergen. A 2009 study found that only 40 percent of college undergrads with food allergies avoided their known allergens. And sadly, a 2014 study of 251 families found that 32 percent of surveyed children said they’d been bullied because of their food allergy at least once.
Another frightening study found that only half of internal medicine doctors know epinephrine should be the first treatment for a person experiencing anaphylaxis. And it’s even worse in the emergency room — up to 80 percent of the time, a person experiencing a severe allergic reaction isn't receiving epinephrine when they should. Fortunately, guidelines were recently issued by a joint task force of allergists in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, reinforcing that emergency rooms should be using epinephrine "first and fast" to treat a severe allergic reaction.