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EAIs Still in Short Supply

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It’s a scary situation when you go to fill a prescription of a brand name EAI device and there are none available. With a shortage still going on particularly for pediatric dosages, there are some viable alternatives such generic brands and the AUVI-Q.

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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

Your Allergy Advocacy Association was concerned to find out there is not a standard Anaphylaxis Action Plan form used by doctors to communicate with a child’s school. We were also surprised to learn that many pediatricians as well as allergists are recommending that Benadryl be administered first for any signs of an allergic reaction, serious or not. We interviewed school nurses as well as allergists for their opinion on the matter and uncovered a lot of issues with how schools are being informed about allergies in children.

Standard Anaphylaxis Action Plans are a MUST
for ALL NYS Central School Districts!

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By Suzanne Driscoll March 15th, 2019

How to communicate effectively with your child’s school regarding life-threatening allergies remains a challenge for many parents. In addition to the school nurse and classroom teacher, there are coaches, after school activity leaders, bus drivers and substitute teachers who must be informed on what to do in an anaphylaxis emergency. Instructions from doctors range from information on an annual school physical form to specific orders and action plans. Even then nurses are often left guessing if the allergy is mild with a slight rash resulting—or is life-threatening.

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Should kids pick their nose? Eat dirt? Avoid antibacterial soap? A dermatologist in Denver who treats people with allergies and autoimmune disorders says definitely “yes!” Believing our world is becoming much too sanitized, Dr. Meg Lemon advises that our immune system is not getting a good workout, and we are therefore more susceptible to allergens. Research going back as far as 1872 agrees with the hypothesis that when the immune system is not properly trained it overreacts and develops allergies, or in other words, chronic immune system attacks.

Your Environment Is Cleaner
Your Immune System Has Never Been So Unprepared

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A century ago, British scientists suggested a link between increased hygiene and allergic conditions — the first hint that our immune systems are becoming improperly “trained.”
Credit Mike McQuade

By Matt Richtel, March 12, 2019
Excerpted from “An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System,” published on Tuesday by William Morrow.

Should you pick your nose?

Don’t laugh. Scientifically, it’s an interesting question.

Should your children pick their noses? Should your children eat dirt? Maybe: Your body needs to know what immune challenges lurk in the immediate environment.

Should you use antibacterial soap or hand sanitizers? No. Are we taking too many antibiotics? Yes.

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Now that more and more parents are willing to try peanut patches and powders in order to build up an immunity to life-threatening allergies in their children, there are fears about possible side effects. Researchers are finding that when they frame the message that unpleasant side effects are a positive signal that the treatment is working, patients are less likely to drop out of studies and will continue on with the daily regimens.

Could Your Mindset Affect How Well A Treatment Works?

Mindset for Allergy Treatment drawing
Chris Madde/Getty Images

By Esther Landhuis
March 1, 2019

Anxiety about side effects can keep people from starting or sticking to drug regimens or medical procedures. A group of researchers at Stanford University wanted to find out whether a simple mindset shift could help patients tolerate an uncomfortable treatment. They learned that when physicians make the effort to reframe potentially unpleasant symptoms in a positive light, it helped patients to stay calm and persevere.

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Upcoming Events

May 15, 2019 - ALBANY NY, FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS DAY

May 15, 2019 - Food Allergy Awareness Day
Food Allergy Awareness Day
Legislative Office Building
NYS Capitol Albany, NY
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 9am-2pm
Exhibit Location: Glass doors at the LOB entrance
on the Concourse level

April 1, 2019 - ANAPHYLAXIS EMERGENCY TRAINING SEMINAR

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