Allergies Come in all Shapes and Sizes
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
Great work is done to pass legislation that supports safe, broad-based availability of epinephrine, resulting in more epinephrine in our schools. It is then discovered that much of that epinephrine is locked up in cabinets, rooms and buildings, far removed from those that might need it. Often the keys can’t be found. Read Jon’s thoughts on potentially dangerous gaps in implementation of legislation, where he refers to a recent article by Lianne Mandelbaum of No Nut Traveler for Allergic Living.
By Jon Terry
January 25, 2023
Unlock the epinephrine!
By Jon Terry
March 6th, 2023
Greetings to one and all.
Work continues to ensure broad based availability of epinephrine for those managing life threatening allergies, especially in schools. In New York State, there is legislation allowing students to carry their own epinephrine, nurses to stock epinephrine and for everyone in the state to be trained and equipped to know when and how to administer epinephrine. As a result, there is more epinephrine available in the community for anaphylactic emergencies. However, much of this life saving drug currently stocked in schools is locked away in cabinets, other rooms, and even buildings and not readily available in an emergency. Often times, no one knows where the keys are. Because the timely administering of epinephrine in an emergency saves lives and the drug is harmless to everyone else, it makes no sense to keep it locked away in a school setting.
Allergy shots, AKA allergen immunotherapy, can sometimes trigger allergic reactions. Dr. Mark Aronica of the Cleveland Clinic tells us how to lessen the impact of these shots while providing relief to those allergies to improve quality of life by reducing symptoms and side effects.
How To Minimize Your Reaction to Allergy Shots
January 20, 2023
Your medicine cabinet is loaded with antihistamines, and you never go anywhere without a package (or three) of tissues. Maybe your healthcare provider has even suggested allergy shots. This lesser-known treatment for allergies can relieve the sneezy, itchy and watery torture caused by allergens. Some people even see their symptoms disappear entirely.
Known as allergen immunotherapy, allergy shots help treat common allergies to substances such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander and mold spores. They may also be helpful if you’re allergic to the venom from certain stinging insects, like bees, hornets, wasps and yellow jackets.
Join FARE in thanking Senators Duckworth and Durbin for sponsoring federal Protecting Children with Food Allergies Act to strengthen training cafeteria workers around the country receive information on recognizing and preventing food allergy reactions.
FARE Thanks Senators Durbin, Duckworth for New Bill to Make Schools Safer, Help WIC Families
January 26, 2023 (McLean, VA) –
Today, FARE, (Food Allergy Research & Education) thanked Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth for their leadership in authoring and introducing the Protecting Children with Food Allergies Act that would strengthen food allergy training for the nation’s estimated 50,000 cafeteria workers and assist state Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) employees in providing information about recognizing and preventing food allergies to help the nearly 50% of American families relying on WIC for nutritional assistance.