Officially being the proper age for my first colonoscopy, I “enjoyed” this procedure recently. To my surprise, it was easy, painless and simple. To my dismay, I was asked the morning of the procedure if I was allergic to peanut, egg or soy?! After I answered a short list of questions, I circled back around and asked why they needed to know about a potential food allergy. Clearly, things were not going to be put in my mouth and you know where my mind went! The medical staff explained that some anesthesia contains allergens and they need to confirm any food allergies. I can’t even begin to understand how a drug would contain these allergens, but I was grateful for the question and scared to death regarding my children and their life threatening food allergies.
What if they were in a car accident? How would emergency department staff know about their allergies before “putting them under”, I worried. After calming down, I thought about solutions. My big life lesson theme these days with my children is…find solutions! I keep harping on that life is about finding solutions.
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On that note, I brainstormed possible solutions to my new worry about allergens potentially found in medications:
- Wear a Medic Alert or medical ID bracelet that can be easily identified.
- Consider creating an Online profile in the Online Allergies – an online platform that stores allergy and medical information so that friends and family can have access to a patient’s health history during a medical emergency.
- Check out the article, “Potential Food Allergens in Medications”. Someone posted this important piece on Facebook and I lost track of the poster–so thank you who ever you are for sharing.
- Always share information regarding allergens with all medical personnel–even if the situation appears to not involve allergens–you just never know!
UPDATE this morning from Homa:
Caroline – did you know this petition to the white house ends this week? It is asking for more disclosures:
My post about the petition:
The moral of my colonoscopy story is that allergens lurk in odd places and it is simply imperative that people managing life threatening allergies wear proper medical identification and to not be shy about their allergies. They should also remember to always tell their physician and attending medical staff of any life threatening allergies–even if it seems as if no allergens will be present.
I am happy to report that my tests results turned out quite well and I had nothing to fear. The thought of medical equipment taking a tour of my colon did not thrill me in the slightest, so I was happy when the procedure was over!
Have you found allergens in other medications? If so, please share below!!!
p.s. The top image of the medical professional is courtesy of stockimages via freedigitalphotos.net