What to put on the Medic Alert bracelet -- Allergy or Anaphal?

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 2:06pm
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I am finally getting Medic Alert bracelets for my girls, now that they are spending some time away from me occassionally (ages 11 and 13).

Here's the debate: Should the bracelets say "Allergic to" or "Anaphalaxis to" peanuts, tree nuts ,etc?

Neither of my girls has ever had a full-blown anaphalactic reaction to anything. They have never used their Epi-pens. My oldest has only vomited -- no hives or anything -- and the last time was 10 years ago. My youngest has NEVER had a reaction because she only ingested peanuts once (accidently at age 5). So I have no idea what her reaction would be.

Our allergist said that the bracelets should say "Allergic to."

I don't want to go overboard by saying "Anaphal" if that isn't really the case, but I wonder if I should err on the side of caution, just in case?

Can I have a consensus of opinion from you guys before I order the bracelets? Thank you so much!

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 2:25pm
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Our son's Medic Alert bracelet says
[b] [i]Life threatening peanut, tree nut allergy.
Carries Epi-pen.[/i] [/b]
He has worn one since Y2000.
Thread here with brief discussion about bracelet wording as it applied to our first bracelet in Y2000:
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum3/HTML/000211.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum3/HTML/000211.html[/url]
FWIW, our son had first ANA reaction at 11 1/2 months following peanut ingestion. Had ANA reaction when allergist did peanut SPT in-office when son was 13 months. Rast done at age 5 was Class 3-4, if I recall.
I have [b]zero[/b] problem using the strong term [i] Life Threatening [/i].
ETA-- To more accurately state what ENTIRE bracelet says -- final line as to "Carries Epi-pen".
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~Eli[b]Z[/b]abeth,
Mother to 2:
DD age 6, treated as though PA/TNA. Drug & chemical (sunscreen) allergies.
DS age 8, PA, suspected TNA, Latex, legumes?, sunscreens . . .
(PA diagnosed & ana reaction 1999)
Member here since 2000
[This message has been edited by ajas_folks (edited September 11, 2007).]

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 7:56pm
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On the front of mine it says Peanut Allergy Carries Epipen and my first name.
On the back I have my medication, Asthma, other allergies and 2 emergency contact numbers.
If I could have squeezed more on I would have but that was all I could fit, I then carry a medical card in my wallet and if they turn my pda on the first thing it says is about my allergy, epipen, other medications and emergency contacts.
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LIVING WITH PEANUT ALLERGY FOR 30+ YEARS

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 8:46pm
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The reason I would stay away from saying "anaphylaxis" is that the person to be reading it may not be emergency personel. It could be the first person to come across you in an emergency, who would, hopefully, call 911. That person may not know what anaphylaxis is.
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Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 2:19am
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When I purchased from Medic Alert, they recommended:
Fatal Allergy to peanuts, tree nuts and kiwi. Use Epipen.

Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 6:24am
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what does everyone think of "Call 911"? my daughters medic alert bracelet walked off during a bath so we need to purchase a new one.
I'm thinking of putting:
life threatening allergy to peanuts and soy
carries epi-pen
call 911
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Erin, mama to Sarah (11/29/04) allergic to peanuts and soy, and to Simon (2/26/07) who has no known allergies

Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 1:07pm
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A couple of years ago, I attended a fire station open house and asked the paramedics what info. they find helpful on a medical alert bracelet. They told me to write "Severe allergy to peanuts, Anaphylaxis, Use epipen, Call 911" To cram in all of the text it says:
PEANUTALLERGY
ANAPHYLAXIS
GIVE EPIPEN
CALL 911

Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 1:10pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Mookie86:
[b]A couple of years ago, I attended a fire station open house and asked the paramedics what info. they find helpful on a medical alert bracelet. They told me to write "Severe allergy to peanuts, Anaphylaxis, Use epipen, Call 911" To cram in all of the text it says:
PEANUTALLERGY
ANAPHYLAXIS
GIVE EPIPEN
CALL 911[/b]
Where did the edit option go? I wanted to add that my child never has had an ana reaction. However, I put anaphylaxis on the bracelet b/c the potential for anaphylaxis is there and I want people to consider that possibility when evaluating my child.

Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 1:43pm
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The edit option just disappeared tonight.
There were at least 2 topics on OT trying to discuss this when those topics also disappeared.
~Eliz

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