3, 2, 1… Happy Nutrients! Managing Serious Food Allergies at the New Year

Dec 20, 2017 | News

Below are a few New Year’s tips and suggestions for people with serious food allergies. If you have any questions, you should always consult with your healthcare provider.

New Year’s is here, and it’s time for a fresh start! New Year’s is a time of festivity and renewal. When enjoying New Year’s, most people want to celebrate and have fun.

But if you have serious food allergies, it’s important to be careful about what you eat and to be prepared. ALWAYS bring epinephrine auto-injectors wherever you go – simply because life isn’t always predictable, and even with the best planning, an allergic reaction might occur. Use your epinephrine auto-injector at the first sign of a severe allergic reaction (Type I, including anaphylaxis), then call 911.

Check food labels when possible, ask about ingredients, and bring your own food to parties. If you’re eating at a restaurant, check the menu in advance, make sure the food staff knows about your allergies, and is prepared to handle them. In fact, you might want to research the restaurant online ahead of time to check how others rate them on their food allergy-savvy.

The bottom line for people with serious food allergies requiring epinephrine auto-injection: At New Year’s always be prepared. Checking labels and asking about ingredients before you eat is always a good idea… Make sure restaurants are prepared to handle your allergies… Many people make resolutions about improving their health… And always carry your epinephrine auto-injector. Remember, no matter how you celebrate New Year, be prepared. Happy New Year!

Sources:

Epinephrine for First-aid Management of Anaphylaxis,” Sicherer et al, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Food Allergy,” American College of Asthma, Allergy, & Immunology (ACAAI)

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What are Serious Allergies?

Serious food allergies means having severe allergic reactions to certain foods, which may include nuts, milk, eggs, soy, and/or other foods. A potentially life-threatening allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. At the first sign of anaphylaxis epinephrine is the recommended first step at treating it, followed by immediate medical attention. Being prepared for anaphylaxis means having access to an epinephrine auto-injector.

3, 2, 1… Happy Nutrients! Managing Serious Food Allergies at the New Year

Dec 20, 2017 | News

What are Serious Allergies?

Serious food allergies means having severe allergic reactions to certain foods, which may include nuts, milk, eggs, soy, and/or other foods. A potentially life-threatening allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. At the first sign of anaphylaxis epinephrine is the recommended first step at treating it, followed by immediate medical attention. Being prepared for anaphylaxis means having access to an epinephrine auto-injector.

Below are a few New Year’s tips and suggestions for people with serious food allergies. If you have any questions, you should always consult with your healthcare provider.

New Year’s is here, and it’s time for a fresh start! New Year’s is a time of festivity and renewal. When enjoying New Year’s, most people want to celebrate and have fun.

But if you have serious food allergies, it’s important to be careful about what you eat and to be prepared. ALWAYS bring epinephrine auto-injectors wherever you go – simply because life isn’t always predictable, and even with the best planning, an allergic reaction might occur. Use your epinephrine auto-injector at the first sign of a severe allergic reaction (Type I, including anaphylaxis), then call 911.

Check food labels when possible, ask about ingredients, and bring your own food to parties. If you’re eating at a restaurant, check the menu in advance, make sure the food staff knows about your allergies, and is prepared to handle them. In fact, you might want to research the restaurant online ahead of time to check how others rate them on their food allergy-savvy.

The bottom line for people with serious food allergies requiring epinephrine auto-injection: At New Year’s always be prepared. Checking labels and asking about ingredients before you eat is always a good idea… Make sure restaurants are prepared to handle your allergies… Many people make resolutions about improving their health… And always carry your epinephrine auto-injector. Remember, no matter how you celebrate New Year, be prepared. Happy New Year!

Sources:

Epinephrine for First-aid Management of Anaphylaxis,” Sicherer et al, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Food Allergy,” American College of Asthma, Allergy, & Immunology (ACAAI)

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Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector?


  1. Epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector contains epinephrine, a medicine used to treat allergic emergencies (anaphylaxis). Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening, can happen within minutes, and can be caused by stinging and biting insects, allergy injections, foods, medicines, exercise or other unknown causes. Symptoms of an anaphylaxis may include:
    • trouble breathing
    • wheezing
    • hoarseness (changes in the way your voice sounds)
    • hives (raised reddened rash that may itch)
    • severe itching
    • swelling of your face, lips, mouth, or tongue
    • skin rash, redness, or swelling
    • fast heartbeat
    • weak pulse
    • feeling very anxious
    • confusion
    • stomach pain
    • losing control of urine or bowel movements (incontinence)
    • diarrhea or stomach cramps
    • dizziness, fainting, or “passing out” (unconsciousness).
  2. Always carry your epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector with you because you may not know when anaphylaxis may happen. Talk to your healthcare provider if you need additional units to keep at work, school, or other locations. Tell your family members, caregivers, and others where you keep your epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector and how to use it before you need it. You may be unable to speak in an allergic emergency.
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