The Epi-Pen: Don’t leave home without it
For those with food allergies, the epi-pen is a must have, must carry tool. Even the most cautious person can be tripped up by a stray allergen. So be sure to ensure that you, or your loved one with a food allergy, has a working epi-pen with them at all times. Check to make sure it hasn’t expired (they are usually prescribed to be renewed each year), is kept at a safe temperature (room temp) and is not damaged or discolored. Know where the epi-pen is kept so it can be retrieved quickly if needed.
Epi-pen prescriptions come with a “trainer” so be sure to try that or have your loved one try before the real deal is ever needed. The actual epi-pen is administered to the middle of the thigh, and if necessary, can be injected through clothing. Auvi-Q offers a new pen that has voice activation instructions, which is particularly good for young people. For information on epi-pens, visit here.
Carrying a food allergy card is also a wise move. Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) has a card that you can print your own specific allergies on and give to the chef or manager of a restaurant to explain your allergies. This can be found here.