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Do you wear a medic alert bracelet?

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By williamsmummy on Sun, 04-06-03, 13:15

I hope you dont mind me popping in here with a question?
If you do wear a medic alert bracelet have you found it to be any use? Did it help in an emergancy?
I have met two allergic adults and each of them wore a bracelet , both were woman , and the gold ones are rather pretty.
Do you think that its not important to wear a medic alert braclet?
How do you carry your epi-pens around ?

thanks, sarah

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By Gwen Thornberry on Mon, 04-07-03, 10:15

Darn! Just posted a reply, but had typed the wrong user name and lost it all!

Anyway, I don't have a medic alert bracelet myself Sarah.

I haven't had a reaction in 5 years (and hopefully never again!!), I always have my epi pen with me, and everyone who knows me knows how to use it, and gets regular tests on their knowlege of it!

I know this is no guarantee, but its in my comfort zone for now.

Regards, Gwen

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By helenmc on Mon, 04-07-03, 10:58

Helen wears a penicillin Medic-alert with 'Peanut Allergy, Epipen' also engraved on it.

She also carries an epi all the time in a small shoulder bag.

Everytime we've been to hospital she's been conscious, but they always notice the braclet.

With penicillin allergy it's really important, especially in case of a car accident or similar...

Geoff (Helen's hubby)

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By williamsmummy on Mon, 04-07-03, 12:06

Thanks, I just wondered if I should not judge william if he decides to take of the medic alert bracelet when he is older.
Perhaps if I should plan to nag in mother-type-way , when he is an adult, to just cart the epi-pens with him , and leave it at that!!

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By on Mon, 04-07-03, 14:19

I always wear my medic-alert. Always carry antihistamines and epi-pen as well - either in my purse or in summer in a fanny-pack.

My oldest son is 20 and he has been wearing his medic-alert since he was 3. Never takes is off. Although, when latex needed to be added he wouldn't pay for a new one, so I did.

My 17 year old also wears his all the time.

I plan to buy one for my FIL as a birthday gift. He has had ana.reaction to penicillin and he promises if I buy him a medic-alert he will wear it.

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By jeancbpugh on Mon, 04-07-03, 14:46

My 3 year old has started wearing his Medic Alert bracelet everyday. He didn't want to...but we got him into the habit while we were on vacation.

We carry his epi-pens and Atarax with us everywhere, even though he has never had an anaphylactic reaction.

mom to 3-year-old with PA

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By krasota on Mon, 04-07-03, 22:53

My doctors have urged me to, but I don't. My anaphylactic reactions have happened with benadryl, papaya, soy, latex, and brie (penicillium strain, actually).

Once I find a medic-alert pendant/bracelent that does not make me react (break out in a nasty rash, sometimes hives that spread), I'll order one. I can only wear sterling silver (uncoated) and titanium. I react to nickel, gold, niobium, surgical stainless steel, and chrome. It's not easy to find safe jewelry.

I hadn't been to any Medic Alert sites in awhile. It appear that they now have a wider variety of sterling pendants. And they won't clash too horribly with the jewelry I already wear daily (pentacle, world tree). I might just have to save up and order one soon.


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By steph626 on Thu, 04-10-03, 17:49

I have worn a Medic Alert bracelet for about 10 yrs now (since I graduated college), and I honestly feel naked without it--it is so small and plain (mine is basic stainless steel) and you get used to it very quickly. My brother, who is diabetic, also wears one. I've received many compliments on it, mainly from people who want to know what it's for (in which case I have an instant opportunity to educate about food allergies) or they're interested in getting a bracelet themselves. Several nurses have told me that they wish everyone with allergies or other conditions would wear one. I do carry an epi-pen and benadryl also.

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By steph626 on Thu, 04-10-03, 18:21

A second quick note--I just went to the Medic Alert site and it looks like they do offer several varieties of sterling silver bracelets (whether they're solid or plated I do not know), in addition to the other metals. They also offer a "sports" band variety that looks like a nylon/velcro strap of some kind--not the most elegant, but the emblem wouldn't touch skin at all.

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By sillyfeline on Thu, 09-18-03, 15:39

I also wear one but am really slow to replace them. But as long as there I anaphylactic food and they rest are in the profile, you should be covered.

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By townie416 on Thu, 09-18-03, 17:36

you had a reaction to Benadryl? Do tell.


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By krasota on Sun, 09-21-03, 00:18

I'm allergic to diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in benadryl. I reacted to a tiny amount (half an ounce, OTC syrup dye-free, no allergies to any of the inactives) last year with full-body hives and lip/throat swelling. The reaction was near instantaneous. I honestly thought I'd outgrown the allergy.

As a child, I reacted with hives, projectile vomiting, and "funny throat feeling". I can barely remember the incidents as I was five years old. I do remember begging mom not to give it to me again after the second time--I was miserable. Once she realized my reaction was directly due to the drug and not something else, she stopped and let the doctor know not to suggest it again.


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By ajinnj on Sun, 09-21-03, 07:04

I had a Medic Alert bracelet when I was younger.I started wearing one again two years ago when I went to Europe along and haven't taken it off since. Mine says anaphylaxis to peanut & nuts. carries epipen. severe asthma


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By sillyfeline on Sun, 09-21-03, 22:16

Maybe it's a regionalism, but I never put mention of my epipens on the bracelet and can't imagine anyone around me being willing to learn to administer one. I always just figured it's my problem and I'm stuck with it. (But then again, I am alone in NYC).

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By ajinnj on Mon, 09-22-03, 03:31

i have "carries epi pen" on my bracelet just in case i pass out from a severe reaction and cannot administer epi myself (which i don't think will ever happen but it could) the emt/ parametics would hopefully look and use it. also you never know, a complete stranger might be willing inject you if s/he knows you have a pen. but if it's not on your bracelet, there's no way for anyone to know you carry one. btw sillyfeline, i'm going to school in nyc.


[This message has been edited by ajinnj (edited September 21, 2003).]

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By Samantha418 on Mon, 04-11-11, 20:54

YES! my medicalert bracelet saved my life. I was unconscious and EMS was able to locate my bracelet and treat me accordingly. Mine says "Peanut Allergy".

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By Theresa.K on Fri, 04-13-12, 01:18

I used to forget and lose my medic alert bracelet all the time, and I couldn't really find any that I wanted to wear when I needed to dress up for special events or weddings. So I got it tattooed on my wrist. I realize that this isn't an ideal solution for everyone but I love it and now where ever I go people know right away. Its fantastic for traveling in countries where I can't speak the language as well! The no peanut sign seems to be pretty universal across countries. I don't have to worry as much now, its really nice!

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