This is why 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.
Knowledge Can Save a Life
Anaphylaxis is an acute allergic reaction which affects the whole body and requires immediate medical attention. Many people who are severely allergic to something may have this reaction. Symptoms include anxiety, itching of the skin, headache, nausea and vomiting, sneezing and coughing, abdominal cramps, hives and swelling of tissues such as lips and joints, diarrhea, shortness of breath and wheezing, low blood pressure, convulsions, and loss of consciousness. A quick, decisive epinephrine injection can literally be a life-saver in the case of exposure to an allergen that has previously caused an anaphylactic reaction.
Allergens may include:
- Drugs, such as penicillin
Preparing for an Emergency
You should also include the following on your allergy medical ID:
- Note if the use of an Epipen is required
- Any emergency procedures that should be followed. For example, if Benadryl should be given.
- Be sure to include at least one emergency contact number (more if possible). This should be where you or someone who knows about the condition can be reached.
- And always, ask your doctor or healthcare provider for specific information to have engraved on the bracelet.
Kids and Allergies
Allergies are especially problematic for young children. Medical id alert bracelets serve as a reminder to other adults as to what foods not to give your child. It is a good idea to help make adults aware of the allergens which may trigger a reaction in your child by engraving the allergies on the front side of the bracelet where it is easily seen.
Nickel Metal Allergy
Some people may be allergic to nickel - the same metal that is used to make many medical id bracelets. However, stainless steel bracelets are hypoallergenic, even for those with a nickel allergy.