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Welcome to Allergy Advocacy

Welcome to the Allergy Advocacy Association website.  We are here to help better serve any individuals concerned with issues relating to allergies and anaphylaxis.

Penfield NY Boy Saves Father’s Life After A Bee Sting

Jamie Kosten Receives Award

This story rings close to our hearts, as our founder Jon Terry’s sister died as a result of a bee sting when she was alone at home. Read here about local hero Jamie Kosten who administered an EpiPen to his father after he was stung by bees he was raising.

Scott Kosten had been keeping bees in his yard for over 12 years, and never had an allergic reaction to a bee sting. But last May he was stung multiple times and became unconscious from anaphylactic shock....

Read the article here.

What are the symptoms of an anaphylactic attack?

Just like symptoms can vary in severity, they can also differ in presentation.  Skin is most often affected with feelings of itching, tingling, warmth and/or hives.  Coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth and throat and other respiratory symptoms are also relatively common.

Gastrointestinal issues including cramping, vomiting and diarrhea can occur in anywhere from one-third to almost half of anaphylactic patients.  Very serious symptoms such as a drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness and difficulty breathing are rare but need to be addressed immediately.  Don’t wait to see what happens—call 911.

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Good to Know

leafbulletSymptoms can begin immediately or up to several hours after the exposure.

leafbulletReactions can worsen over time and with repeated exposure.

leafbulletGenerally speaking, the faster the reaction happens the more severe it may be.

leafbulletSome people can have a late phase reaction—both an immediate response to exposure and a second attack up to 2 to 24 hours later (without re-exposure).

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