Medical ID Bracelet + Food Allergies = Great Combination
Food allergies are on the rise in the US. Peanut allergies have more than doubled in recent years, and it seems as though the number of people reporting allergies grows every year. While many people think of food allergies as just a case of food “not sitting right,” the fact is that certain allergies can be deadly. Even for adults who are well aware of their allergies, it is critical that medical ID bracelets indicating an allergy are worn at all times.
The FDA lists 8 foods that are most commonly associated with allergies. These include eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, wheat, soy, tree nuts, soy and shellfish. While some people may only experience a mild allergic reaction, others can experience anaphylaxis, which can cause respiration to slow and the throat to close up. For these more severe cases, immediate medical attention is required.
So, why should an able-bodied adult wear a medical ID bracelet that lists any known food allergies? Allergens can be found in foods without your realizing it. If you have a severe allergy to fish, and there is cross-contamination, you could ingest enough fish to make you sick. This is very often the case with peanuts. By wearing an ID bracelet, anyone who is in the area to help you can take appropriate steps. First responders look for ID bracelets, and use that information to make an on-site diagnosis.
Even if you think that you are able to speak for yourself when it comes to food allergies, remember that all it takes is a mix-up in a restaurant kitchen to cause an allergic reaction. Wearing an ID bracelet ensures that you are always able to explain your medical conditions, even when you can’t speak.