Archive for August, 2012

Dad Rescued by Son

Always Carry your EpiPen

A 10-year-old recently saved his father’s life after his dad was stung by bees while doing yard work.  The father is highly allergic to the insects.  The son, recognized trouble when he  found his dad struggling to breathe in the bathroom.

“I felt like I was melting,” said the father.

There was no house phone to use in order to alert the young man’s mother who was out at a nearby lake.  He had to ride his bike to get his mom, who then used 2 EpiPens on her husband before he was taken to the hospital.

The 10-year-old is learning how to use an EpiPen in case another emergency should arise.

Read full account here: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/livingston_county/boy-saves-dads-life-from-allergy-attack

This is a feel good story, which could’ve easily had a tragic ending.  The family is taking the necessary precautions now; training the young son on the use of an EpiPen in the event of another emergency.

Remember, if you are prescribed an EpiPen – keep it on your person at all times and make certain those around you know proper administration.  Don’t be shy, make certain your family and friends are familiar with your particular allergies, and they know how to use your EpiPen if called upon to do so.

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Illinois School Nurses Now Stock Prescription Epi-Pens

When stocking their Nurses Office for the upcoming school year, many Illinois school nurses asked doctors to prescribe the epinephrine shots, better known as EpiPens. The problem arose that doctors, who normally write prescriptions for individual patients, didn’t know the procedure for prescribing an EpiPen to a school.

That hurdle has been removed by Illinois  Attorney General Lisa Madigan.  In information published Monday, Ms Madigan told doctors and pharmacists how to prescribe and dispense EpiPens to schools without exposing themselves to liability.

Experts believe that as many as 8 percent of children suffer from some form of food allergy, an average of 2 per classroom.  Many students previously diagnosed with food allergies carry their own EpiPen and perhaps leave one with the nurse, those suffering with a first time reaction won’t have access to an Epi-Pen. This is why having a backup EpiPen at each school can be lifesaving.

Is your child prepared to go back to school? If your child has been prescribed an EpiPen, make certain that your child, their close friends, teachers and friends parents are all trained in the proper use of an EpiPen.  If you need assistance, or desire a consultation and live in the NYC area, feel free to call my office at 866-632-5537.

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Back to School – Avoid Allergy Triggers & Prevent Anaphylaxis

14,000,000 – this is the number of school days missed each year in the US due to allergies.   Allergy triggers on the playground and in the class room are responsible.  The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology provides these tips to keep your child healthy and safe.

Avoid chalk dust. Children should wash their hands after handling chalk and not sit too close to the chalkboard.

Steer clear of bees and wasps. Do not disturb bees or other insects and avoid wearing brightly colored clothing, which can attract insects. Children with an insect venom allergy should talk to an allergist about venom immunotherapy, which can be 97% effective in preventing future reactions to insect bites.

Pack lunch. Children with food allergies should bring their lunch to school and avoid sharing food, napkins or utensils with their friends. Teachers, coaches and the school nurse should also be informed about food allergies.

Be aware of breathing troubles after physical activity. Children who experience trouble breathing during or after gym class, recess or other physical activities at school could have exercise-induced asthma. These children should visit an allergist who can diagnose and treat their condition.

Don’t cuddle classroom pets. Avoid pets with fur and ask not be seated next to children who have furry pets at home. Parents can also request that teachers choose a hairless classroom pet, such as a fish or a frog.

Regarding anaphylaxis — a life-threatening allergic reaction  According to the National Institutes of Health Anyone experiencing anaphylaxis needs an epinephrine injection immediately.  Rapid decline and death can occur within 15-60 minutes.

Common anaphylaxis triggers include foods, such as peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, pecans), fish, shellfish, milk, wheat, soy and eggs; certain medications, especially penicillin; insect stings from bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis:

  • Skin reactions – hives, itching, swelling and flushed or pale skin.
  • Oral reactions – swelling of lips or tongue and itching.
  • Trouble breathing – shortness of breath, a cough or wheezing
  • Reactions of the throat – itching, tightness, hoarseness and the sensation of a lump in the throat
  • Cardio Vascular reactions – weak and rapid pulse; dizziness, fainting
  • Digestive reactions – nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps

To treat anaphylaxis. People with severe allergies should have 2 epinephrine injectors with them at all times. Children with severe allergies, their friends and school officials should be trained to use the injectors.

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Ford Syncs with Pollen.Com

Drivers of Ford SYNC equipped cars can now access an Allergy Alert app provided by Pollen.com.

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The SYNC AppLinksystem makes it possible for users with smartphones or tablets to connect their devises to the enabled Fords auto and  via a voice command access information from the allergy alert app.  Available information include indexes related to; pollen , asthma , flus and colds, and ultraviolet rays.

Pollen.com is a public resource developed by IMS Health

“Pollen affects everyone differently, and the IMS app was developed to specifically help people on the move improve their quality of life,” Dan Barton, head of US product development for IMS Health, said in a statement. “Our experience with allergy sufferers suggests a strong demand for real-time information. The technology we’ve applied in the Ford SYNC AppLink-equipped car helps drivers better prepare for the allergens they may encounter on the road by delivering reliable, timely and relevant information related to their destination. The app gives users the ability to more consistently manage their symptoms.”

If you need help overcoming your allergy symptoms and live in the NYC area, give me a call at 866-632-5537.  Together we can devise a treatment plan that will ease your symptoms and make you less dependent on Allergy Alerts.

 

 

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