Have Metal Allergies? Consider Medical Jewelry Alternatives

Have Metal Allergies? Consider Medical Jewelry Alternatives

Medical alert bracelets and jewelry come in a variety of fun and attractive styles for people with metal allergies.

Medical ID jewelry is a special emblem or tag worn to identify someone as having a potentially serious medical condition. Nylon medical bracelet with heartsIn the event of an emergency, medical ID jewelry such as medical alert bracelets can help paramedics properly treat an individual. This jewelry is typically made from metal and is meant to be worn on the wrist or around the neck. But some people are allergic to metal and may need to find an alternative.

Most people who have a metal allergy are allergic to nickel. Nickel is mixed with other metals as an alloy, and it may cause a skin reaction that can include itching, swelling and redness where contact occurs. The skin can blister and burn from just a small amount of contact. This can make wearing jewelry a painful experience. For that reason, it is important to exercise caution when selecting medical identification jewelry.

Medical alert bracelets and jewelry can now be made with silicone, plastic beads, leather, yarn and waterproof fabrics. Some higher grade metals may still work for people with certain metal allergies. Popular metal choices include platinum, titanium, sterling silver, and yellow gold is 12 carats or higher.

Jewelry is not the only option available. Key chains and charms are available that can attach to purses or shoes. Another innovative option to consider is a USB medical alert tag. It is a flash drive that can be plugged into any computer, and it contains any relevant information that someone might need to know about a person’s medical history. It can include information such as a physician’s name and phone number, any medications being taken, special health needs and emergency contacts.

American Medical ID offers stylish alternatives to metal jewelry such as sport band IDs made from nylon. Sportbands come in 10 color and pattern options and adjust to fit any size wrist. Also, choose from a unique selection of key chains, wallet ID cards, health passports and USB drives to facilitate all your medical ID needs.

5 Common Food Allergies in Children

common food allergies Some reactions children may experience with food allergies are hives, rash, itchiness and difficulty swallowing and breathing. While some reactions are relatively mild, they can become life-threatening in an instant. Medical ID bracelets will alert medics and caregivers as to a child’s allergies and allow for faster treatment. Medical alert bracelets for kids can help identify your child’s food allergies for others in an emergency situation.

Common food allergies include:

Peanut Allergies: Peanuts can be found in candies, cakes and many processed food items. Symptoms may be hives, itching, breathing difficulty and nausea.

Wheat Allergies:
Wheat can be found in breads, cereals, pastas and snack foods. Hives, nausea, vomiting and difficulty breathing are common signs of a wheat allergy.

Soy Allergies: Soy is found in legumes, sauces and foods that contain soybean oil. Symptoms may include hay fever, acne, breathing difficulty and itching.

Egg Allergies: Egg can be found in breads, pastas, sauces, cakes and candies. Symptoms of an egg allergy may include hives, itchiness, abdominal pain,  and coughing.

Milk Allergies:
Milk is found in yogurt, sauces, ice cream, candies and cheeses. Symptoms of a milk allergy may be diarrhea, constipation, hives, vomiting and wheezing.

Some people with food allergies can have a serious reaction called anaphylaxis. Signs of this kind of reaction include:

  • Hoarseness, throat tightness or a lump in the throat
  • Wheezing, chest tightness or trouble breathing
  • Tingling in the hands or feet, lips or scalp

If any of the above items are ingested by an allergic child, reactions may begin immediately. Breathing, speaking and swallowing become nearly impossible. Calling 9-1-1 may be required in order to obtain life-saving help. Once paramedics arrive, they have a better chance of saving a child if they know what is causing the reaction.

Medical ID bracelets become essential when a child is away from home at daycare, school or at a sleepover, intensifying the need for someone other than the parent to notify paramedics during a situation mandating a medical alert.

Some people with food allergies can have a serious reaction called anaphylaxis. Signs of this kind of reaction include:

  • Hoarseness, throat tightness or a lump in the throat
  • Wheezing, chest tightness or trouble breathing
  • Tingling in the hands or feet, lips or scalp

Asthma Solutions for Spring and Seasonal Asthma

spring asthmaEveryone looks forward to spring, except for people with asthma. For them, springtime does not just mean warmer days and lighter clothing but it also can bring seasonal coughing and asthma attacks. But with some simple precautions, asthmatics can still enjoy springtime without risking painful and dangerous asthma attacks.

Avoid Triggers

People with allergies to molds, dust mites and pollen are usually prone to getting asthma attacks from new smells or very strong odors. Because of this, people with allergies should not partake in chores like dusting. Staying indoors when strong-smelling pesticides or fertilizers are placed on lawns and gardens is also helpful.  We also suggest keeping track of your allergy triggers using a simple allergy listing form.

Cold temperatures and dry air can also trigger asthma attacks. When out in cold weather, it is a good idea to breathe through a scarf or cloth in order to warm the breath. This helps prevent the bite of cold air from tightening the throat, causing coughing and possibly triggering attacks.

Use Air Conditioning

Believe it or not, one of the best tools to prevent asthma attacks is an air conditioner. Keeping the home or car windows closed and the air conditioner on keeps out wind-borne pollen, dust, fungal spores or strong chemical smells. If someone in the household is working in the yard or mowing the lawn, stay inside and turn the air conditioner on.

Also, pay attention to the pollen or pollution counts in the weather reports. They are also reported in most newspapers, radio stations and from the website of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. If the counts are high, stay indoors as much as possible. Pollen and mold counts tend to be lowest the day after it rains.

Wear Allergy Bracelets

During a seasonal asthma attack or severe allergic reaction, a patient often can barely speak due to shortness of breath. If this occurs in a strange place where no one knows allergies or asthma are involved, the result could be fatal. To avoid any unnecessary suffering, it is recommended that every asthmatic wear one or more allergy bracelets at all times. These are medical identity badges that list allergies or medical conditions.

Allergy bracelets can be life savers during spring asthma attacks because they instantly provide information that any medical worker will need to give immediate treatment. Learn more about how American Medial ID allows you to create your own allergy bracelets or simply order one with your allergy engraved on it.

Medical News of the Week

  1. Diabetes and Major Emergencies: How to Prepare
    Important items to keep on hand and in your emergency kit when you have diabetes can include the following: extra insulin and syringes or pens, contact numbers for family and close friends and a medical alert bracelet.
    Source: Joslin Diabetes Center
  2. 7 Stroke Symptoms and Key Actions To Take
    Like a heart attack, a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) is an emergency that requires immediate medical attention.
    Source: Johns Hopkins
  3. In Women, Diabetes Plus Depression a Deadly Combo
    Women suffering from both diabetes and depression have a greater risk of dying, especially from heart disease.
    Source: Archives of General Psychiatry
  4. At Least Americans Aspire to be Healthy Eaters …
    Do you think you’re a healthy eater? Odds are, the answer is yes. According to a new survey from Consumer Reports, nine out of 10 Americans give themselves credit for consuming a diet that’s at least “somewhat” healthy.
    Source: Consumer Reports
  5. Mediterranean Diet Tied to Slower Mental Decline
    People who eat and drink like the Greeks may think a little more clearly into old age.
    Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
For more tips, visit: Joslin Diabetes Center

Win $100 in the American Medical ID Holiday Sweepstakes!

medical alert jewelry free giveawayImagine what you could buy if you win $100! As a thank you to our loyal customers, American Medical ID is giving away a $100 American Express Gift Card as the Grand Prize and  a  medical ID bracelet to another lucky winner.

To enter, visit the entry form on either Facebook or Twitter via the links below.  Follow the directions and fill out the short form and that’s it!

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Enter today for your chance to win a $100 American Express Gift Card or a free medical ID bracelet from American Medical ID.  The contest closes on December 31st, 2010 so enter now!

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Latest Medical News Around the Web

The Joslin Diabetes Center is an affiliation of Harvard Medical School with the goal of beating diabetes through cutting-edge research and innovative approaches to clinical care and education. For over 100 years their work has been at the forefront of diabetes research and education.

As a leader in educating people with diabetes on how take care of themselves and look for a cure, we were excited to see  the Joslin Diabetes Center reinforce the Importance of Wearing a Medical Alert Bracelet.

ADA Jewelry“Medical alert bracelets enable rapid identification of patients with a number of illnesses, including diabetes, which can make them unable to communicate their illness to others, according to Shamai Grossman, M.D., Director of the Cardiac Emergency Center and Clinical Decision Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.”

To read the rest of the article visit here.

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Last Minute Holiday Sale

There are only 10 days til Christmas left! Have you checked everyone off your list yet?

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If you have delayed buying a medical ID for your loved ones (or even yourself) we have a great savings for you.

Now until December 17, take $10 off your purchase of $50 or $20 off your purchase of $100 or more. Just enter discount code PC416 at checkout to automatically receive this discount.


Caring for Yourself While Being a Caregiver

You don’t always plan on taking control of the care for a loved one, in many cases it can happen in the blink of an eye. There’s no question that you would do everything possible for your spouse, parent, or child to make sure they get the care they need, but don’t forget about yourself in the process.caregiver-id

Below are several ways to help take the added stress off as a caregiver, if even for a brief time.

Ease your mind – Leaving the house for work or even errands can be a worrisome activity. What if something happens while you’re out to you or your loved one? With a medical ID you can engrave your contact information for your loved one to wear and on an ID for you to wear you can engrave information stating you are a caregiver. This will give emergency personnel the resources needed to make sure that everyone is informed and receives the care they need.
Example: Liz, do you have an image of AMID jewelry with caregiver information engraved?

Ask for help – If you have friends and family stopping by and asking if they can assist in some way, do not feel bad taking them up on their offer. Keep a list on the fridge of things that need to be done, such as, grocery shopping, laundry, etc. When someone asks if there is something they can do for you use the list so they can pick which item they can do and one less thing is on your to-do list. There are also many organizations out there that provide a variety of levels of assistance.

Take time for yourself – Many times when taking on the responsibilities of caring for someone else the first thing to go is your relaxation time. Take at least 20 minutes to do something that relaxes you and you love, whether it be going for a run, reading a book, or even just sitting in a dark room. It is important to take time for yourself to avoid getting run down.

Find support – You are not the only one going through this, the AARP reports that over 44 million Americans are caregivers for a loved one. Find a support group either locally or online based to help answer the questions you face and let you know what to expect. Having that group to lean on can significantly decrease the stress of wondering what to do next. Today’s Caregiver is a bi-monthly magazine and online resource for the large population taking care of their loved ones and a place to start looking for support.

If you are a caregiver, what are some ways you keep from getting overwhelmed?

How to Stay Healthy During This Year’s Flu Season

Last year the H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu) created the first influenza pandemic in more than 40 years. With the peak of the new flu season nearing people are still going to great lengths to keep them and their families safe from new strands going around.how to prevent flu

Because the strands of the flu virus change every year, there is no set flu season. However, the peak for flu season is normally January or February and can last all the way to May.  Because flu season is a moving target the CDC collects data year round and reports this information every week from October through May.

On average between 5 and 20% of the U.S. population is affected by the flu each year.   Below are the ways to help prevent the flu:

Vaccination – The best way to stay healthy during the flu season is to make sure you get your flu shot at the beginning of the season.  The vaccine takes about two weeks for antibodies  to develop and provide protection (it is still beneficial to get your vaccination this year). Although the effectiveness of the vaccine depends on how well the strands predicted  match to the strands produced, on good years the vaccine is between 70 and 90% effective.

Don’t touch your face – Your eyes, mouth and nose serve as pathways for the virus to enter. By keeping your hands away from your face you block one of the most common ways of allowing the virus to enter your body.

Wash your hands – Wash your hands thoroughly (20 to 30 seconds with hot water and soap) regularly. By keeping your hands clean you can avoid passing germs from one area to another, and keep from infecting yourself.

Use hand sanitizer – Sometimes you just can’t get to a sink, especially when out running errands; for these times keep a bottle of hand sanitizer on you. By using a quarter-sized amount of sanitizer and rubbing it all over your hands for 10 to 15 seconds the alcohol in the sanitizer can break down the proteins in the disease and deactivate it.

Keep your distance – When someone sneezes or coughs they spray virus packed droplets that can land up to three feet away. Although it is common practice for most, many do not cover the mouth when sneezing, so it is best to keep your distance from anyone you think may be infected.

For more information about the flu, how to prevent, and how to treat, check out FLU.GOV.

Lynx Medical Alert Bracelets

American Medical ID is having a blowout sale on the Lynx bracelet line offering each style at up to 50% off the original price.

Are you looking for a stylish ID bracelet that can withstand your daily activities without scratching? The Lynx bracelet line is the ID for you.

Lynx Arc Medical Alert BraceletWith 4 different styles it’s easy to find something you love.

My favorite part of these bracelets is their unique watch-like style instead of the standard chain. This gives it heft and a bold a look. All 4 of the Lynx Trilogy Medical ID Bracelet styles are made with stainless steel allowing you to live your life like normal without worrying about scratches common with precious metal jewelry.

Still not sure if this is the ID for you? Take a look at what some Lynx Bracelet owners have to say about it.

“I like the look and feel of this bracelet MUCH more than those with a chain. For those worried about the not adjustable size issue, I simply took it to a local jeweler and had a few links removed. It fits perfectly now. I’m very pleased with this purchase.”
Nathan Y.

“High quality, very strong and durable. Will probably buy another.”
Brad R.

“The ID is made great, and looks great. I get plenty of compliments.”
James D.

“This bracelet is of the highest quality that I have ever seen on a medical ID bracelet. Your Lynx series has changed the ID bracelet world from an ugly chain to a nice piece of jewelry.”
Christie P.