…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
By Andrew Smith | August 28, 2014
New research into fatal cases of anaphylaxis concludes that teens and asthmatics with known allergies face particularly high risks and should make doubly sure to carry epinephrine auto-injectors.
The study authors, who just published their findings in Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology, searched the Ontario (Canada) Coroner’s database from the years 1986 to 2011 and uncovered 92 fatal cases of anaphylaxis. They then mined the records further to obtain both the suspected trigger for each case and relevant patient demographics such as age, gender and co-morbidities.
Food allergies were the most common trigger, the cause of 40 total deaths. After that came insect venom (30 cases) and drugs or other medical treatment (16 cases). The trigger for 6 of the cases was unknown.
Slightly more than half of the patients (47) had experienced previous allergic reactions to whatever triggered their fatal anaphylaxis. More than a quarter (26) had documented asthma. Only 12 of the patients were children (mean age was 46.5 years) but 10 of the children were teenagers.
The percentage of patients with known cases of asthma was far higher in this study of fatal anaphylaxis than in most studies of all anaphylaxis or in the general public, and the true number of asthmatics in the study sample may have been far greater than 26. Only 2 of the patients were known not to have asthma. No information was available about which of the remaining 64 patients did and did not have asthma.
Animal Pelts, Asthma and Allergies Sleep Study
Could sleeping on animal fur as an infant help prevent asthma and allergies? A study by German researchers found that by age 6 sleeping on animal pelts had reduced a child’s chances of developing asthma by 79 percent. Their theory is our current environments are “too clean” and early exposure to pathogens helps the immune system to learn how to correctly differentiate between harmful and harmless irritants. Early exposure also helps the immune system to better prepare for future “attacks.”
St. John Fisher Nursing Students Support Epinephrine in NY Schools
When three Doctorate of Nursing Practice students at St. John Fisher College were challenged by a professor to choose a current health issue to advocate for, they decided to raise awareness about the risk of anaphylaxis in schools and emphasize the importance of having both epinephrine access and personnel trained to administer it.
Funding the Epinephrine Gap
-From the Food Allergies Research and Education e-newsletter May 19, 2014
Now that more than 40 states allow or require their schools to stock emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, the challenge for many schools is how to pay for these auto-injectors and staff training. In 2010, Congress passed the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act, which directed ...
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