There are just certain phrases and items that we use openly and freely in our food allergy and asthma world that we take for granted that everyone knows what we are talking about.
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Here are some possibly useful definitions:
What does EPI mean?
These letters are commonly used to refer to an Epinephrine
What is Epinephrine?
This is the first line allergic reaction rescue medication which is adrenaline.
What is an EpiPen®?
It is an epinephrine auto-injector manufactured by Mylan Specialtiy™ and has been around for over 25 years which is in the shape of a larger marker or “pen”.
What is an Auvi-Q®?
It is an epinephrine auto-injector that is voice activated and is about the same size as a smart phone.
What is an Emergency Action Plan and why do I need one?
The Emergency Action Plan is sometimes called an EAP and this is a step by step guide on how to respond to a food allergic emergency. The plan outlines when and how to administer epinephrine auto-injector and includes emergency contacts along with describing allergens and symptoms.
What is an asthma action plan?
This is a plan written by your physician regarding how to manage your asthma based on symptoms and measure tools, such as a peak flow meter. The plan guides you through manage the first symptoms of an asthma all the way to the point of when it’s time to call an ambulance.
Is anaphylaxis the same as a food allergic reaction?
Anaphylaxis is the potentially life threatening condition caused by an allergic reaction.
Can I be allergic to foods other than the eight major allergens?
Yes, anyone can be allergic to anything!
Do I really need to see a board certified allergist for a food allergy diagnosis?
It is highly suggest to seek out a specialist for any medical condition. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers link to search for board certified allergists: Find an Allergist/Immunologist
What are Asthma Triggers?
Check out my asthma page to learn more about what are the common items that might trigger asthma symptoms. (insert link here) Common triggers include, colds, animal dander, smoke, dust, perfumes, pollen and more.
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