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Getting Support with Severe Allergies

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  • Find the Help You Need

    Find the Help You Need

    You’re not alone in your battle against allergies. There are many available resources that can help you live a normal, happy life. Smartphone apps can help you identify allergy-friendly restaurants. They can also help you administer epinephrine injections if your child is accidentally exposed to an allergen. Blogs and support groups provide reassurance and emotional support. Non-profit sites can keep you updated on what’s new in allergy advocacy. They also can tell you about recalls and medical breakthroughs.

    These resources are a great place to start. Learn more about the wide range of support options available to you.

  • Food Allergy Research & Education

    Food Allergy Research & Education

    Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is an important resource for individuals with food allergies. FARE reports on the latest in food allergy research. It also provides useful guidelines for a variety of allergy-related scenarios. For instance, they give suggestions for allergy-proofing vacations and talking with your child’s teacher about their allergies.

    FARE has established regional offices across the country. They host food allergy education events. At these seminars, members of the FARE staff teach family members how to protect an allergic individual. They also teach how to treat and stop a severe reaction.

  • Food Allergy Foundation

    Food Allergy Foundation

    Stay updated on allergy news, recalls, and treatments with help from the parents, allergy patients, and educators behind Food Allergy Foundation (FAF). The founders of FAF wanted to help ensure the best care possible for people with life-threatening food allergies. In addition to providing resources for day-to-day life with allergies, FAF is working to find better treatments and potential cures for severe food allergies.

  • National Association of School Nurses

    National Association of School Nurses

    The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) maintains a very useful online toolkit for people dealing with severe allergies. The website hosts documents that can help school nurses be fully prepared to handle a child’s allergies.

    The page is designed for nurses looking to care for their students. However, many of the documents are equally helpful for parents who are putting together an allergy action plan for their children.

  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

    Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

    The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is a non-profit organization. It advocates and provides assistance for patients with asthma and allergies. The AAFA has established local chapters across America. These organizations are called Educational Support Groups (ESGs). They work to provide information and support to individuals with severe allergies and asthma. Chapters host seminars and conferences, and also offer medical support to members. For more information, visit the AAFA’s ESG search page

  • Kids with Food Allergies

    Kids with Food Allergies

    The AAFA formed a subgroup called Kids with Food Allergies (KFA). KFA aims to help families and children with food allergies feel empowered and safe. KFA hosts educational seminars and sessions for parents, educators, caretakers, and patients.

    The organization has also established Parents of Food Allergic Kids (POFAK). POFAK is an online community where parents can find social, emotional, and lifestyle support. The website also maintains an Allergy Buyer’s Guide. This list of allergy-safe products is updated regularly. 

  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

    American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

    The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) is a professional organization. Almost 7,000 allergists and immunologists belong to AAAAI. These doctors treat allergy-related conditions.

    The AAAAI is designed for medical experts. However, their website contains resources for people with allergies. You can print allergy awareness signs for your home kitchen. You can also find a series of useful allergy videos by AAAAI members and staff. Topics include food allergy and asthma, anaphylaxis, and being safe while eating out.

  • Onespot Allergy

    Onespot Allergy

    Elizabeth Goldenberg is a lawyer in Canada. She is also the mother of a child with severe food allergies. Goldenberg writes the blog Onespot Allergy. She shares updates on allergy-related products. She also writes about allergy recalls and mislabeled products. She shares tips that can help you identify allergens in foods that are not clearly labeled.

    Elizabeth also regularly updates the site’s Facebook page. She even routinely takes the time to answer individual questions from readers. 

  • The Diary of Ana Phylaxis

    The Diary of Ana Phylaxis

    Kate, the blogger behind The Diary of Ana Phylaxis, found herself facing severe food allergies for the first time in her late 30s. As Kate points out, much of the severe food allergy information that’s out there is geared primarily toward children and parents. Very little speaks directly to adults. That’s why she started her blog. Kate wanted to be a resource to people who face a surprising food allergy later in life. In addition to blogging about personal experiences, the site provides allergy-friendly recipes, links to helpful sites, and product reviews. 

  • AllergyEats

    AllergyEats

    Think of AllergyEats as a permission slip—it can help you feel safer while eating out. The website boasts a database of more than 600,000 entries. These entries detail allergy-accommodating restaurants and allergy-free dishes in restaurants. You can read reviews from other users, and add your own as well. There are also lots of tips for allergy-friendly dining. When you’re on the go, take the website with you in the smartphone app. It is available on both iOS and Android. 

  • First Aid by American Red Cross Smartphone App

    First Aid by American Red Cross Smartphone App

    If you have allergies, the First Aid App by American Red Cross could really save your life. The app provides step-by-step instructions for a variety of first-aid scenarios. This includes the life-threatening allergic response called anaphylaxis.

    Watch the in-app video that demonstrates how to properly give a dose of epinephrine. In an emergency, the app can call 911 for you. It can also use your phone’s GPS to locate the nearest hospital or emergency medical facility.

  • Don’t Feel Alone

    Don’t Feel Alone

    Severe allergies can feel isolating. Whether you’re a patient or a caregiver, it’s important to you find the resources and tools that help you feel in control and capable. These support groups, web resources, blogs, and smartphone apps barely scratch the surface of the allergy-friendly community you can find, but these are a great place to start. 

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