Nut allergy bracelets or nut allergy jewelry is probably the last thing on anybody's mind when dealing with moderate to severe nut allergies. After all, bracelets, necklaces and anklets may not seem to serve any purpose beyond being decorative. However, when it comes to a chronic condition like a nut allergy, being quickly identified as having this medical condition is often necessary.
This is why nut allergy bracelets are often worn. They are not just to inform anyone about the wearer's health status, but also to alert people, such as rescuers, first-aid staff and medical professionals of the appropriate action to perform when the wearer is involved in an emergency.
When nut allergic people were first encouraged to wear nut allergy bracelets, some people were not very supportive of getting "tagged" as nut allergic. However, the fact that the bracelets were medical alert tags and could help save a life in an emergency quickly showed why it was a necessity. Today, even with modern technology, it still is.
Nut allergy requires special medical care and attention. Nuts are among the most common allergy-causing foods, and they often find their way into things you wouldn’t imagine. Signs and symptoms of nut allergy range from mild to severe and can include wheezing, vomiting, hives and digestive problems. Nut allergies can also cause anaphylaxis — a severe, life-threatening reaction, which requires treatment with an epinephrine (adrenaline) shot and a trip to the emergency room. Anaphylaxis may begin with some of the same symptoms as a less severe reaction, but then quickly worsen, leading someone to have trouble breathing, feel lightheaded, or to pass out.
In some emergencies, the nut-allergic person may not always be able to speak or communicate. He or she may even be completely unresponsive. Furthermore, an emergency may occur when a relative or a friend who has knowledge about the allergic person's nut allergy may not be around. In these cases, a nut allergic bracelet can silently inform the attending medical personnel of the disease and what may have brought on the attack.
Nut allergy can be a tricky condition to have, primarily because so many products contain nuts, even those which may not seem like they would. People with nut allergies should carry injectable epinephrine (such as an EpiPen) at all times. But in the event you are unable to communicate your needs in an emergency, or administer the injection yourself, a nut allergy bracelet could make the difference in getting the treatment you need.
Always ensure that you or your loved one is wearing a nut allergy bracelet at all times and especially before leaving the house. If necessary, pack an extra bracelet during special trips, particularly if you will be travelling alone or will be leaving town for a long period of time. Always wear the bracelet where it can be spotted easily and avoid taking it off. Great new designs won’t cramp your style and it can mean the difference between living a healthy life and suffering major medical consequences.
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