September is Food Allergy Awareness Month and there is no better time to draw attention to the condition that affects approximately 15 million Americans. This number has increased by 50% from 1997 until 2011 for unknown reasons. With more people who suffer with a food allergy, we feel it is important for people to be aware of what a reaction looks like and what to do if one occurs. An individual who uses Complex Rehab Technology may require more attention if they are dealing with a food allergy. They must have someone ensure they do not come in contact with the offending food and monitor all substances they consume.
NCART values you and your overall health, which is why we want to provide ways to be safe against food allergies. We hope you find these helpful when caring for yourself or a loved one.
The eight most common food allergies that make up for 90% of all cases include:
- Peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, milk, eggs, fish, and shellfish
If someone allergic to one of the above consumes even a small amount, they may suffer with:
- Sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy or watering eyes, swelling, rash, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Symptoms of more severe cases may include:
- Difficulty breathing, wheezing, dizziness, fainting, turning blue, and drop in blood pressure.
If you ever sense someone is having an allergic reaction, check for identification on a bracelet or piece of jewelry. Give them their auto-injector if they have it and call 911 immediately. It is important for anyone with a food allergy to have their identification and up to date prescription with them at all times. A caregiver for a CRT patient should ensure they always have their identification on them so others are aware of their condition when they may not be able to explain it. By being aware of the symptoms, you will better be able to identify a reaction and take measures necessary to ensure their safety.
Whether you use CRT or know someone who does, we encourage you to visit our site and learn about the current state and federal issues. Join in our efforts for the protection of CRT and we wish you a safe and healthy month!