I Will Thrive: A video to improve food allergy management

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

At first I was afraid, I was petrified, when
our research found food allergy was on the rise I spent so many nights trying to read those guidelines
they’re just too long…so we put them in a song So let’s go! From one to five…these are the steps to make sure kids with food allergies thrive. Start by taking a clinical
history, order specific IgE tests, prescribe epinephrine, counsel and refer to an allergist.
Let’s say a patient walks through your door, her family is shaken up from the night before, when she broke out into hives, her lips swelled up, she couldn’t breathe. It was scary! You suspect food allergy. So you ask… mom, dad, and kid: What were the foods she ate, her symptoms
and what is it that you did? It’s important to chart these details diligently.
STEP 1: Take a clinical history. It may take all your strength, not to fall apart.
But I promise you’ll soon know these guidelines by heart. Based on allergens you suspect, do a diagnostic test.
STEP 2: Test IgE to specific foods. Although avoidance of allergens is the only
way to prevent future reactions. STEP 3 Prescribe to her at least 2 auto-injectors
to have at school, home, and wherever else she roams. Don’t forget, you’ve got to train the whole
family to use Epi in case she reacts again. Remove the cap, hide your thumb, press it
into the outer thigh, hold it in, count to 10, call 911, stay with the kid. Just to ensure they understand,
STEP 4: Counsel the family using an emergency action plan that lists all her allergies, when to give antihistamines,
and when you need to give epinephrine. But before they walk out your door,
STEP 5: Refer them to an allergist and furthermore, Send them to food allergy sites with resources galore
where you can empower your family, find support and more. So now you know, steps 1 to 5 of the expert panel guidelines to help your patients thrive. Take a clinical history, perform specific IgE tests, prescribe epinephrine, counsel, and refer to an allergist. And since this tune is a bit crude,
there are plenty of key details we could not include. So we advise that you still take the time to review the guidelines issued by NIAID or at least read the summary.

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