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Administering Epinephrine: When in Doubt, Just Do It

on left, Dr. S. Shahzad Mustafa, MD; on right - epi pensDr. S. Shahzad Mustafa, MD, a specialist in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the Rochester General Medical Group, highly recommends if you have any suspicion that someone is having an attack of anaphylaxis, administer epinephrine immediately....

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Allergies come in all shapes and sizes ...

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

Peanut Allergy: The Paradigm-Changing Research

Child holding peanut in front of her face
Dr. Matthew J. Greenhawt, MD, MBA, MSc
Dr. Matthew J. Greenhawt, MD, MBA, MSc

Here’s a great interview with Dr. Matthew Greenhawt on the latest research regarding  early peanut introduction for high risk infants in order to prevent peanut allergies later in life. The results are quite remarkable and will hopefully lead to official protocols after additional studies are completed.

An interview with Matthew J. Greenhawt, MD, MBA, MSc

By Laurie Scudder, DNP, NP
August 18, 2015

Medscape Editor's Note:

The landmark study published in February 2015 is revolutionizing the care of children at hgh risk of peanut allergy.

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‘Stock Epi’ Expanding Well Beyond Schools Under New Laws

Nona Narvaez Lobbying
Nona Narvaez lobbying for Minnesota law

The good news is 16 states have now passed “entity laws”, which is legislation that permits venues such as theme parks, sports arenas and restaurants to stock and maintain epinephrine auto-injectors. Now there are 34 more to go including NY! We join other advocates in hoping epi-pens become as commonplace as AEDs and fire extinguishers in all public gathering places.

By: Caroline Moassessi
August 18th, 2015

Most in the allergy community are familiar with the concept of stock epinephrine, in which states pass laws to allow physicians to prescribe life-saving epinephrine to schools, for use in an allergy emergency.

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I Used To Think Peanut Allergies Were Bulls%#+!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Image via Shutterstock

by Andrea Johnson

When my oldest child started second grade, we were informed that another child in the class suffered from a nut allergy and the entire grade would be going nut-free as a result. The letter rocked our happy little peanut butter and jelly world and I was simply livid.

My daughter was a picky eater from hell and peanut butter was one of the few things that she would happily eat. Couldn’t the allergic kid just sit at separate table or something? Why inconvenience a whole grade for just one kid? The world isn’t peanut free, dammit, why should school be allowed to dictate what I can and can’t feed my own child?

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