Carrying An Autoinjector

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It happens in an instant: an allergic reaction triggered by food, medication, exercise, latex, an insect sting or other triggers and can cause a sudden, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.

More than 40 million people in the US are at risk for anaphylaxis. More than 3 million of the people living with severe allergies are children (almost 1 out of every 25 kids) The good news: if someone with a severe allergic reaction is carrying an auto-injector, a medical device designed to deliver a single dose of a particular life-saving drug, then a tragedy can be averted.

An Autoinjector: Lifesaving Protection

The autoinjector should always be available: at school or work, when attending parties or traveling, during exercise, and while dining out. Knowing where one is, but not being able to access it immediately is a problem. It makes no sense for the auto-injector to be in the office while a food allergic child is eating in the lunchroom or an insect sting allergic child is playing outside. A good rule of thumb to live by is “no auto-injector, no food!”

It should be carried on your body – either in a purse or backpack, and not where it can be exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures such as a car's glove compartment. Not only should people with allergies know how to use the auto-injector, they should make sure that colleagues, teachers and loved ones. Look for products designed for portability such as those designed to wear on the upper arm, calf, or thigh.

Allergy Patient Information

Patient information on allergic diseases including the free brochure, Be S.A.F.E Managing Allergic Emergencies (Anaphylaxis), is available by calling the ACAAI toll free number at (800) 842-7777 or visiting their web site.

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