Anaphylaxis Hits Close To Home
Posted by Kevin on Tuesday, July 08, 2008
It's not uncommon for any us to go out for dinner at a local restaurant, and on occasion receiving a mixed up or incorrect order is rarely more than a minor inconvenience. Though for individuals with severe food allergies, this minor irritation can quickly become something much more serious.

A Hampton, GA man was having dinner just south of Atlanta, Sunday evening, when a mixed up order resulted in the customer being served a dish with crab meat. Being severely allergic to shellfish, the customer went into anaphylactic shock and tragically, died a short time later.

Anaphylaxis can be avoided and does not have to result in such tragic circumstances. For people with severe food allergies, it would be helpful to carry Food Allergy Restaurant Cards. While YOU know what you are allergic to, those preparing and serving your meals do not. These small cards let your preparer and servers know which ingredients and foods need to be avoided for your protection. In more severe cases your doctor may prescribe an EpiPenĀ®, to be used in emergencies such as the one described above. A shot of epinephrine from an EpiPenĀ® could have bought this man valuable time which could have saved his life.

This terrible situation, as with many cases of anaphylaxis, can been avoided with some simple precautionary and immediate treatment measures. As this story highlights, anaphylaxis can be a life threatening complication, but awareness and being prepared are half the battle.

1 Comment
On 8/7/2008 daniellekurtz wrote:
I find this story heart breaking. Because of stories like these I am continuing my fight to make preschools peanut, nut, and seafood free. I've recently had to take my children out of a preschool because they felt that it was more important to allow vegan's their diet. Severe food allergies are not a life choice, and must be taken very seriously.
Leave a Comment
Name (required)
Email (required)
  Notify me of updates
Code Image - Please contact webmaster if you have problems seeing this image code Load New Code
Please enter the code in the field below.

* Sign Up For Monthly Newsletter to Receive Special Discount *

Air Pollution Masks Allergies Asthma Allergy Bedding Allergy Armor Peanut Allergy Bedbugs Dust Mites Seasonal Allergy Steam Cleaners Humidity Control Mold Mold Prevention Pet Allergies Allergy Pillows Austin Air Neti Pot Nasal Irrigation Soy Allergy Allergy Research Allergy Study Tree Nut Allergy Food Allergies Eczema Mattresses Organic Blanket Miele Vacuums Pet Dander Dyson Pet Hair Humidifiers Dehumidifiers IQAir Ladybug Danby VOC's IAQ Blueair Smog Wildfires Electrolux SEBO AllerAir Cigarette Smoke Sinusitis Sulfates Achoo Newsletter Vacuum Cleaners Air Purifiers Valentine's Day Reliable Steam Mop Aprilaire Dri-Eaz Air-O-Swiss Humidity Pollen Count HEPA Filter Allergy Relief Anaphylaxis Auto Injector Winter Allergies Allergy Friendly Allergy Mask Pollen Mattress Pad Memory Foam New Product Fleas Atlanta How To FAQ Video Nebulizer Formaldehyde Toulene Achoo Promotion Ozone FDA Furnace Filter Ogallala Bedding MCS Hypoallergenic Down Tobacco Smoke Whirlpool ragweed Asthma Drug RZ Mask Organic Bedding Respro Better Sleep Immunotherapy Genetically Modified Environmental Control Sunscreen Vanicream BPA Phthalates Feminine Health Ask An Allergist Stadler Form Crane Humidifiers Antimicrobial COPD Recipes EcoDiscoveries Baby Allergy Products Santa Fe Dehumidifiers Vaping SLIT Vogmask Holidays Sensitive Skin Microbes Role AirPura Amaircare
Shop Items On Sale At