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Medical IDs for Nut Allergy

 

A tree nut allergy medical ID bracelet or necklace is recommended for individuals diagnosed with a tree nut allergy. When a person consumes food containing nuts, their immune system overreacts to proteins found in it. Allergic reactions may begin with less severe symptoms but can quickly get worse, in the most severe cases it can lead to life-threatening anaphylaxis.

A tree nut allergy is one of the most common food allergies in both adults and children, which is why we offer tree nut allergy bracelets and necklaces at every size. This form of allergy affects roughly 0.5 to 1% of the US population.

 

"When a child has a tree nut allergy, coming into contact with even small amounts of tree nuts can cause a life-threatening reaction...Have your child wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace with his or her allergy information." - Fairview Health Services


What Makes Tree Nut Allergies Unique

 

It is important to note that peanuts and tree nuts are not the same. While individuals with a peanut allergy may also be allergic to tree nuts, understanding the difference between these two nut categories is critical for those diagnosed with severe allergies. Tree nuts include walnut, almond, hazelnut, cashew, pistachio and Brazil nuts. Peanuts are legumes or seeds, such as sunflower or sesame. Although different, both types of allergies can cause serious allergic reactions. A medical ID is recommended for all types of nut and peanut allergies.


Examples of tree nuts:

  • Almonds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Cashews
  • Chestnuts
  • Filberts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Hickory nuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pecans
  • Pine nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts

 

Source: WebMD


Tree Nut Allergy Emergency and Medical IDs

 

According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, reactions to tree nuts can be severe, including life threatening anaphylaxis. Individuals with a tree nut allergy should have epinephrine available at all times.

Every second counts in an allergic reaction. Wearing a medical ID helps to immediately alert others that a person has a nut allergy and avoid the potential for misdiagnosis. If an epinephrine auto-injector such as EpiPen is needed in case of a severe allergic reaction, a medical alert bracelet or necklace can help direct the epi injector. 

"Carry and know how to use auto-injectable epinephrine and antihistamines to treat emergency reactions. Teach family members and other people close to you how to use epinephrine and consider wearing a medical alert bracelet that describes your allergy." - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology


What to Engrave on a Nut Allergy Medical ID 

Symptoms of a nut allergy can make it difficult for a person to speak and communicate important health information. When choosing a medical ID, make sure that it is easily recognized by responders like EMTs, doctors, and nurses. The engraving of a nut allergy alert ID should contain accurate information that is easy to read, even in the most difficult situations like an anaphylactic shock.

  • Wearer’s name
  • Tree nut allergy – include any other allergies that may or may not be related
  • Other medical conditions
  • Epi-pen information – include an alert to use epi-pen and where it can be found (in pocket, bag)
  • In case of emergency contacts


Our Adult Tree Nut Allergy Bracelet & Wristband Options

At American Medical ID, every medical ID is fully customizable to fit your unique needs and specifications. Shop women’s bracelets or men’s bracelets to find the right tree nut allergy bracelet for you or a loved one. Here are some of our top selling bracelets for nut allergies:

Tree Nut Allergy Bracelets for Kids

With sizing options that range from toddler to teenager, there are many tree nut allergy bracelets for kids available. Also browse a wide variety of metal type including stainless steel, sterling silver, 10 karat gold-filled, and 14 karat gold.

 

Why a Nut Allergy ID Card isn’t Enough

Even though it is always a great idea to carry a medical ID wallet card containing all your medical information (including tree nut allergies, medications, etc.), it is best to always wear a medical ID bracelet/wristband or a necklace. In an emergency, medical personnel will first check the wrist and neck for medical ID jewelry and may not know to look in a wallet for this life-saving information.


Frequently Asked Questions About Nut Allergy Medical IDs

Should I wear a medical alert bracelet for nut allergy?

Yes, it is recommended to wear a medical alert bracelet for nut allergies, especially if exposure to tree nuts is likely to trigger anaphylaxis. By wearing a medical ID, you quickly give medical professionals insight into your unique health needs so they can implement the correct treatment procedure.

 

What is the medical alert symbol for nut allergy?

On a medical ID it is best to be as specific as possible when detailing your nut allergy. If there is a single nut type that you are allergic to, list that rather than just saying “nut allergy.” If there are multiples, then “nut allergy” or “treenut allergy” can help first responders navigate the emergency effectively.

 

Should I still carry a tree nut allergy card if I wear a nut allergy bracelet?

Carrying an expandable wallet card with your detailed tree nut allergy is a great complement to wearing a medical ID bracelet/wristband or necklace. The additional space of an expandable wallet card allows you room to specifically list allergies, conditions, medications, emergency contact information, and more.