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Medical IDs for Peanut Allergy

 

A medical ID is recommended to all types of peanut allergies. A person diagnosed with any form of peanut allergy is at risk of life-threatening severe allergic reactions. When someone is diagnosed with a peanut allergy, it means that their immune system produces antibodies upon detection of the allergen, causing inflammatory reactions. These reactions can include anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition that can cause a person's throat to swell, making it difficult to breathe.

 

Anyone truly allergic to peanuts should avoid exposure to them, whether direct or indirect. However, peanuts can be hard to avoid and even trace amounts can trigger symptoms making peanut allergy one of the most common causes of severe allergy attacks or anaphylaxis. Wearing a medical ID can alert others of peanut allergy and in case of an allergic reaction, quickly identify peanut allergy as the cause of these symptoms.


"If you are allergic to peanuts or have another food allergy that could cause a serious allergic reaction, you will want to have your medical bracelet provide all of the important information about how to help you." - PeanutAllergy.com


Severe Symptoms of Peanut Allergy

 

When a person is highly sensitive to peanuts, symptoms can be severe and lead to anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock. It can be difficult to communicate critical health information when a patient is already swelling in the throat, has blocked airways, and has difficulty breathing. This is why a medical ID is important. Unless a person wears some form of medical identification, these symptoms are at risk of being misdiagnosed and cause significant delay in receiving emergency treatment such as an epinephrine injection.

 

  • Swelling of the throat that makes it hard to breathe
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • A big drop in blood pressure
  • A rapid pulse
  • Blocked airways
  • Tightening in the throat
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Skin reaction such as hives or redness
  • Tingling or itching in the mouth or throat
  • Diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps or vomiting

 

Source: WebMD


Medical IDs and Peanut Allergy in Emergencies

 

According to the American Journal of Managed Care, peanut allergies affect an estimated 1.2% of the overall US population and about 2.5% of the pediatric population. People with anaphylaxis can die within a half hour if they don’t get medical help. It is a leading cause of allergy-related death in children.

Having peanut allergy can be tricky because so many products contain nuts, even those which may not seem like they would. This is why anyone with peanut allergies should always carry injectable epinephrine (such as an EpiPen). Sometimes, a person won't be able to help themselves to an epipen injection during a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms like throat swelling or dizziness can also stop them from informing others of their allergy. This is when a medical ID can make the difference in getting the treatment that they need.

 

"Wear a medical alert bracelet or medallion that lists your peanut allergy. This will alert emergency response workers if you have a severe allergic reaction." - UW Health


What to put on a Peanut Allergy Medical ID

 

According to PeanutAllergy.com, paramedics and other emergency healthcare workers know to look for a bracelet to see if a patient has allergies or special needs of another kind. Wearing a medical ID bracelet can save your life if it has the proper information on it.

 

  1. Name

  2. Peanut allergy – other ways to engrave include: allergic to peanuts, severe peanut allergy, allergy to peanuts, etc.

  3. Epi Pen information – alert others that epinephrine injection is needed in an emergency. Include location of the epi pen if they are inside a purse, pocket, or bag. This can be engraved as: give epipen, give epi, epi in bag or epi in purse for example.

  4. Emergency Contact – especially if a child is wearing the medical ID, list parent’s emergency numbers or a prompt to call 911 immediately.


"Have your child wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace. This will help emergency workers give the right treatment if your child isn't able to communicate during a severe reaction. The alert identifies your child by name and condition, including type of food allergy. Medical alert jewelry may also list brief emergency instructions." - Mayo Clinic