Sunday, April 24, 2016

Anaphylaxis Risk- Watch & See NOW

Many of us that have food allergies or know someone that has food allergies knows the word anaphylaxis. Many of us probably even know the definition "An extreme response to an allergen. A life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) is a severe reaction to a specific allergen, or allergic trigger. Common triggers can include but are not limited to food, biting or stinging insects, medications and latex." * But how many of us have actually witnessed some of the warning signs or the actual event of anaphylaxis? How many of us skate around the discussions as if it's simply a word but not actually something that will happen because we have not seen it in full force?

I understand that not everyone needs to see things to believe them to be true. However, I have found that when it comes to certain situations, people MUST see things that they may not want to see to show them the depth of a situation, regardless of the severity. Most of us are visual learners and most of us will react or prepare ourselves more if we were to see something that will instantly connect us to our own personal situation. Fear is not power but knowledge is. I invite all of you to view the newest commercial showing a true to life anaphylactic reaction right now and I ask that you comment & tell me your thoughts about it.

(If your device is not showing you the above video, you may also view it by clicking here)

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Face Your Risk  This commercial will begin airing today and is part of the newest website that is aimed at helping everyone understand the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction. As you will see when you visit the site, the pages are interactive. As you scroll down, each scroll shows allergic information and shows the progression of what happens during an allergic reaction. The family-friendly illustrated pages make understanding a little less frightening while still show us how to spot an allergic reaction and how to treat it to lessen the possibility of a reaction turning into a life-threatening situation. There have been so many reports deaths over the years that were allergic tragedies and this effects each of us, every day. It doesn't matter if the child that didn't have the proper medications wasn't your child- it still snaps us back into reality. Every story instantly makes us aware of how necessary it is to know what to do, to be prepared and to make sure that the person with the allergy and those around them know what to do to save one more life. It may not be your child but in your heart, most of us feel as if it is. In real life, if I saw this happening to your child or your family member, I would not hesitate to treat them as if they were my own family and help them, immediately.

I encourage all of you to view the commercial above as well as the website at . Share it with your family, coworkers, school staff or anyone who is in your allergy support network. Allergies are scary but learning the facts, learning how to prevent them and learning how to prepare yourself should not be.

*Anaphylaxis definition as described at

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