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
New York State’s Day Care Centers Implement EATA
Emergency Allergy Treatment Act Becomes a Reality
By Janet Goldman
August 22, 2017
There is an old saying that goes something like this: “Children are the most precious of all” (author unknown). Due to our economy’s demands, countless children spend many hours in day care centers. With trust, parents choose these centers, expecting quality attention. To better ensure safety for those with life-threatening allergies, parents provide epinephrine auto-injectors. But what about protecting those that don’t know they are at risk?
A New Therapy May Cure Kids of Peanut Allergy
Researchers in Australia have come up with a new therapy for peanut allergies that combines probiotics with small doses of peanuts to gradually train the child’s immune systems to not treat it as something foreign. The results are encouraging, allowing the children who were treated to eat peanuts without fear of an allergic reaction. But it may be too early to call this a cure.
New treatment moves ahead four years after Melbourne breakthrough
By Alice Park
August 17, 2017
In a long-term study of the latest treatment for peanut allergy, scientists in Australia report that an immune-based therapy helped children allergic to peanuts eat them without reactions for four years.
Children Needing Epinephrine Aren’t Receiving It Before Trip to the Emergency Room
“When in doubt, get it out!” A recent study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology found that fewer than half the children received epinephrine prior to arriving at an emergency room, even though approximately 65 percent had a known history of anaphylaxis, and 47 percent had been prescribed epinephrine. This was mostly true when the emergency occurred at home rather than school, with parents, caregivers and even emergency responders showing reluctance to administer the life-saving medication.
Study shows parents, guardians and emergency responders failed to give epinephrine at home in an anaphylaxis emergency
Anyone suffering a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) should receive epinephrine as quickly as possible. A new study showed that even kids who were prescribed an epinephrine auto injector didn't receive the life-saving medication when they needed it.