Watch Out: If you have a severe allergy

According to a disturbing report in Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (a journal that urgently needs a tighter name change), a significant number of kids (roughly 50 %) who suffered a severe allergic reaction did not receive epinephrine (aka adrenaline) treatment before arriving in hospital.

That’s in large part due to the fact that many of these kids, many of whom were known to be at high risk for a severe allergic reaction and who hard received prioer prescriptions for epinephrine injectors, were not carrying their epinephrine auto-injectors (widely known as Epi-pen) with them.

But doctors and emergency personnel are also partly to blame for this poor treatment because clearly in this study some kids who needed it did not get this potentially life-saving therapy from the health personnel who came in first contact with them.

This is an important issue: if you and especially if a child of yours is at risk for a significant allergic reaction (particularly allergies to certain foods, wasp stings, etc), please make sure that there is always an epinephrine auto-injector in the near vicinity, and that should include, of course, spare injectors (if you can afford them) in locations like cars, country homes, etc.