Do you have an allergy action plan?

Allergy Action Plan

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Usually, oral allergy syndrome produces mild symptoms but in rare cases can cause severe symptoms or an anaphylactic reaction. (You can read more about oral allergy symptoms here.) If you have ever experienced moderate-to-severe symptoms or an anaphylactic reaction you need to see your doctor or allergist. Once seen by your doctor, you should be prescribed an Epi-pen and fill out an allergy action plan.  An allergy action plan is a detailed plan of what to do in case of a severe allergic reaction. These instructions will help you know and anyone taking care of you how to treat your reaction.

How to fill out an allergy action plan?

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology has a printable allergy action plan template available here.  This form asks you to list your allergies, medications, type of Epinephrine or other emergency medications to give you in case of emergency, emergency contacts, and other helpful information. In case of emergency, the allergy action plan makes it easy to respond quickly and appropriately.

Where to put my allergy action plan?

So, you have an allergy, an Epi-pen, and an allergy action plan…now what? You need an allergy emergency kit. This kit should be something you take with you at all times and be easily accessible. Your kit should include:

  1. Your allergy action plan.
  2. Epinephrine. This usually is an auto-injectable pen such as an Epi-pen.
  3. Inhaler. If you are an asthmatic or have breathing difficulties with your allergic reactions make sure to keep an inhaler in your kit. The most common emergency inhalers are Albuterol or Proventil HFA.
  4. Liquid Antihistamines, such as Benadryl. When you are in the midst of a severe allergic reaction taking an antihistamine can slow down your body’s reaction long enough to make it to a hospital. Why liquid and not pills? Because liquid works faster and in an emergency situation the faster the better.

How do I let people know I have an allergy?

The easiest way to let people know you have a severe allergy is to wear a Medical Alert Bracelet. These bracelets are worn around your wrist and list your allergies. These bracelets are customize-able and fashionable.

Remember…

Be prepared for the unexpected and make an allergy action plan! You may never need it, but in case you do…be ready! Download your form, get your kit together, and wear a Medical Alert Bracelet. It’s easy…and it could save your life!

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