Food allergies are severe and people who have never experienced don’t realize the fatality of it.
A 13-year-old, Katelyn Carlson , student of a Chicago Public School died after she suffered from severe allergic reaction from food. She was the student of Thomas A. Edison Regional Gifted Center.
In another incident, in California, a 13-year-old died because of peanut allergy. In this case three EpiPens were administered and yet was of no use. The parents of Natalie Giorgi are urging parents and educators to understand that food allergies are real and many cases become terminal.
Most people with little or no experience of food allergies often scoff at it, but it’s a real thing. My personal experience of a food allergy happened some five years ago. I am allergic to soy products. Even after explaining to my relatives that soy gives me an allergic reaction, they paid no notice. I ate one chapatti the flour of which had some soy flour mixed in it. From being perfectly normal just an hour ago, I started having severe diarrhea and vomiting, and by the end of the hour, it was difficult to walk or talk.
Non Nuts Mom Group chronicles the deaths that get reported due to food-allergy. Milk, Nuts, Soy, all kind of foods that has caused human death is listed here. 150-200 deaths occur every year due to food allergies in United States alone and thousands visit the Emergency Room because of allergic reaction to food.
Steps to combat an allergic reaction from FoodAllergy.ORG
Be Prepared…Be Safe
An effective food allergy treatment plan includes all of the following:
- Strict avoidance of problem foods
- Working with your doctor to develop a Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan
- Wearing emergency medical identification (e.g., bracelet, other jewelry) at all times
- Carrying your medication wherever you go
- Taking your medication at the first sign of a reaction
- Getting to an emergency room for follow-up treatment if you have a severe reaction