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Last Updated on March 22, 2017 by Diane Hoffmaster
This discussion of anaphylaxis awareness has been sponsored but all opinions expressed are my own.
In my non blogging life, I work as a Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician. Some of the most commonly requested advice from my patients has to do with treating allergies. I'm sure many of you are familiar with both seasonal and indoor allergies...the sniffling, the sneezing, the itchy and watery eyes, etc. Food allergies are also starting to become more common, with many people having to eat a restricted diet due to food sensitivities. However, there is a particular type of allergic response that is life threatening and that is called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is more than just your typical hay fever, upset stomach or rash. Anaphylaxis involves a number of different reactions from swelling of the airways and difficulty breathing to nausea and vomiting. It is a whole body severe allergic reaction that can kill a person if not treated quickly.
Anaphylaxis Awareness Campaign
“Modern Family” Star Julie Bowen has a son with severe, life threatening allergic reactions. It is a terrifying thing for a parent to deal with. She is calling on communities to Raise Their Hand for Anaphylaxis Awareness in a nationwide competition. A total of $60,000 will be awarded to school districts in educational grants recommended for anaphylaxis education. Raise Your Hand for Anaphylaxis Awareness™ is a community-driven competition designed to bring attention to the issue of life-threatening allergic reactions, or anaphylaxis. Sponsored by Mylan Specialty L.P., Raise Your Hand for Anaphylaxis Awareness is a unique competition created to raise awareness of and preparedness for severe or life-threatening allergies,. The goal is to rallypeople to virtually “raise their hand” for their school district to be counted as one committed to anaphylaxis awareness. Mylan Specialty will award the four school districts with the most hands raised grants of $15,000 to support educational programs, including anaphylaxis-related activities. How can you help?
- Raise Your Hand Visit www.Anaphylaxis101.com to share your personal stories and pledge your support for your school district to win a $15,000 grant. All public school districts in the U.S. are eligible.
- Spread the Word Let others in your school community know about this competition and why you decided to raise your hand for anaphylaxis awareness by emailing, posting on Facebook and Tweeting.
- Come Back Often You can Raise Your Hand once a day beginning on May 21, 2013 until October 1, 2013. Winning school districts will be notified no later than December 30, 2013.
The Raise Your Hand for Anaphylaxis Awareness competition will be featured at a series of local events and community outreach efforts to reinforce the importance of recognizing the symptoms of anaphylaxis and empowering people to respond when they witness a life-threatening allergic reaction. Those at risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction should avoid allergens at all times and have two epinephrine auto-injectors readily available to use because accidental allergen exposure can occur without warning. Make sure you talk to your doctor and pharmacist about getting an epi-pen to keep with you. And for kids, ask for a second prescription so you can keep one at your child's school as well!
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.
Allergies are horrible here in Houston! This is a great article! Thanks!
I lived in Houston for 6 years and my allergies were terrible....smog, humidity and pollution are horrible there!
Thanks for helping to raise awareness. A lot of people don't realize how serious allergies can be and think they are just the typical hay fever type things.
This is such an important issue! There are so many kids in our school that have severe anphylaxis reactions to certain items. It really is scary. There needs to be more awareness for it. And I love that the school districts get to win money! They can use all the help they can get!
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good tips, thanks for raising awareness
I would like to know why food allergies ar eon the rise. I worry all day about my son's nut allergies, we never leave home without an Epi-pen, which we have thankfully never used.
I cant imaging dealing with that sort of allergy in a child. I have general environmental allergies and a TON of drug allergies but thankfully none to food.