…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
Epi Kits for EMS?
Are less expensive Epi Kits a suitable replacement for epi pens, particularly for emergency personnel? Several states have found that they are, and others are considering them. The Allergy Advocacy Association set out to research the issue, and here is our ‘white paper’ reporting what we have found so far. Read the full article here.
May 8th, 2015
By Janet Goldman
The Allergy Advocacy Association is dedicated to educating and advocating for those with severe allergies. When recently alerted to Epi Kits, a new alternative to epinephrine auto-injectors, we chose to investigate the possibilities. We researched the usage, effectiveness and perspectives towards this treatment protocol.
Olympian vaults to defense of allergic kids in Texas
It took a near tragedy for Olympic champion Mitch Gaylord and his wife Valentina to realize there are no requirements in Texas to stock epinephrine in schools. Their two children have peanut allergies and Luc, now 4, almost died from an anaphylaxis attack. They found that one in 13 children suffer from allergies that can be life threatening, and 25 percent of those kids will suffer their first seizure in a school. And, each succeeding seizure becomes more severe. Thanks in part to their efforts, the Texas state Senate approved a bill mandating epinephrine in public and charter schools unless a district cannot afford it, and similar legislation is in a House committee. Read the full article below.
May 1st, 2015
By David Scott
BEE CAVE, Texas (KXAN) — Olympic gold medal gymnast Mitch Gaylord lives in Bee Cave these days, where he and his wife Valentina run the Lagree Studio for fitness. They are especially concerned about the health and lives of children as two of their own suffer from dangerous peanut allergies.
Are You Using Your Auto-Injector Or Inhaler Correctly?
May 6th, 2015
By Ishani Nath
For those with allergies or asthma, epinephrine auto-injectors and asthma inhalers are the first line of defense when symptoms appear. However, recent research reveals that a majority of patients are not using these life-saving devices properly.
In fact, in the study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, only 16 percent of epinephrine users and 7 percent of inhaler users administered their medication perfectly.