The Best Exercises for Cardiovascular Health

The Best Exercises for Cardiovascular Health

Exercises for Cardiovascular Health

Exercise is an extremely beneficial lifestyle implement for a variety of reasons. Not only does it increase bone density, build lean muscle tissue, and burn fat, but it also increases muscular strength, promotes cardiovascular health, and even improves mental health.

Ideally, exercise should be used as a proactive and preventative method for reducing the risk of early onset health conditions and diseases such as cardiovascular disease. Yet, it can also be just as effective as a reversal management and additional treatment strategy for medical conditions under the supervision of a health professional.

In what follows, we’ll be detailing the importance of exercise for cardiovascular health, sharing several exercise modalities and strategies for accomplishing just that. More specifically, we’ll discuss the importance of increasing heart rate during exercise and why monitoring heart rate is key for safe and effective exercise.

Heart Health

The prevalence of cardiovascular disease alone is profound, impacting nearly 83 million Americans annually; that’s upwards of 7% of the United States population ages 20 and above. Further, nearly 50% of all Americans live with at least one associated risk factor.

Comprising heart disease, stroke, and associated conditions, cardiovascular disease has several risk factors, signs, and symptoms, ranging in severity from mild to severe.

The leading risk factors for cardiovascular disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, and smoking. Of these most common causes, several are attributed to poor lifestyle decisions, inclusive of a poor diet and physical inactivity.

To combat the risk of heart disease and to improve overall heart health, then, establishing a regular and consistent exercise regimen in combination with a healthy diet is imperative.

The Importance of Exercise for Heart Health

It’s no surprise that exercise is a generally healthy practice, both for the heart and body. While many understand this as fact, not many understand why or how exercise is so beneficial on a physiological and biological level.

Through the act of intense exercise and physical activity, the muscles being used uptake oxygen from the blood. With increased exercise, these muscles will extract oxygen more efficiently from the blood, and this results in reduced need for additional blood to these muscles.

The reason that this is notable is that these exercise effects will eventually reduce overall heart rate and blood pressure. The exercise also reduces the release of stress hormones, thus further reducing the burden on the heart.

In order for exercise to truly be effective, however, effort and intensity are required in combination with commitment, dedication, and consistency. Similarly, there are superior ways to exercise, and these will be discussed next.

High-Intensity Interval Training

HIIT is a popular training methodology that utilizes high-intensity efforts in collaboration with short rest periods to elicit a unique stimulus shown to burn more calories in less time, requiring only 4-30 minutes of exercise to see results.

Withstanding its caloric expenditure benefits, high-intensity interval training is also incredibly beneficial to cardiovascular health, promoting weight loss, reduced stress levels, and improved blood biomarkers (heart rate and blood pressure) in the process.

Targeting no particular muscle during its implementation, HIIT results instead in a full body workout, helping build strength across all muscular tissue, including the most important muscle in the body; the heart!

Resistance Strength Training

Primarily accomplished through resistance training via weightlifting, strength training seeks to build lean muscle tissue through strategies such as hypertrophy, progressive overload, and time-under-tension to increase overall muscular strength ultimately.

While it’s important to build strength across the entirety of the body’s muscular tissue, focusing first on the largest muscles of the body (i.e., the legs) will produce the most immediate and noticeable results.

Contrary to popular belief, strength training isn’t only superior at building strength and size but also at burning fat as well. By increasing the intensity of each strength training session, more calories can be burned, more weight can be lost, and more strength can be gained. The ultimate outcome, then, is both a stronger and healthier body and, more importantly, a stronger and healthier heart.

Cycling

Whether on a stationary bike or along the open road, cycling is a beloved cardiovascular activity, not only for its sheer enjoyment and effectiveness but because of its generally low-impact nature on both the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body.

Increasing both strength, cardiovascular health, and overall fitness capacity, particularly of the legs, cycling is a markedly beneficial exercise.

Because it’s primarily a lower body workout, however, and with the option of “cruising” rather than giving 100% effort, it’s important to seek out cycling routes that involve intensity and difficulty to experience the true benefits. The most beneficial routes include higher elevations and hilly terrains.

Swimming

Like cycling, swimming is a superior exercise modality for those seeking low-impact environments to reduce the risk of injury while increasing overall fitness capacity via strength building and cardiovascular improvements.

Again, similar to cycling, swimming can also be a leisure activity. It’s important, then, to seek out challenges via increasing duration, increasing intensity and effort, and implementing a variety of swimming techniques.

Contrary to popular belief, increasing heart rate is the single best way to improve overall cardiovascular health and strength, and swimming accomplishes this goal extremely well.

Monitor Heart Rate

While implementing a regular and effort-based exercise regimen is certainly the first and most effective step to improving heart health, it’s also important to monitor heart rate to ensure that safe and optimal levels are being reached.

Measuring heart rate not only gives insight into fitness capacity and current heart health status but also acts as a road map to achievement in a safe and optimal manner.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, the goals of cardiovascular exercise should be to achieve a gradual increase in heart rate during exercise, achieve heart rate variability throughout the exercise, and eventually achieve a lower resting heart rate to promote overall heart health.

Treating Allergy-Related Conditions

Treating Allergy-Related Conditions

The sequelae of allergies are otherwise defined as the complications and risk factors associated with allergies, and several other health issues can develop in individuals who have allergies.

In what follows, we’ll be outlining and identifying some of the most common sequelae of allergies. We’ll discuss some of their chief characteristics, and we’ll explore the most common and effective treatments available for these conditions.

Complications and Risk Factors of Allergies

As individuals experience the condition of having allergies and develop the typical symptoms, they will often have the potential to develop secondary health issues. The reason for this is related to the genetic predisposition that these individuals have. If an individual has several allergies, they have a genetic makeup that predisposes them to have a higher risk of further health issues.

Below are the most common sequelae of allergies:

Rhinitis

Identifiable from its congestive symptomatology, rhinitis is an allergic reaction causing nasal symptoms such as a runny nose. Caused primarily by inflammation, rhinitis ranges in severity, depending, of course, on the amount of exposure of the allergen and the severity of the allergy that the individual has to the particular allergen.

During the exposure, the lining of the nasal mucosa becomes noticeably irritated and swollen. The result is the continued worsening of symptoms, from a simple runny nose to mucus build-up and subsequent congestion.

Rhinitis often leads to additional sequelae, which can be as simple as mild cough to reactive airway disease depending on the individual. The symptoms of rhinitis are primarily treated through antihistamines.

Sinusitis

Sinusitis, which can sometimes be mistaken as a simple cold, is categorized as one of the most common infections in the United States and has been known to affect approximately 30 million people annually. For individuals with immune system complications, pre-existing allergies, structural blockages, or asthma, the risk greatly increases for developing sinusitis.

The three main types of sinus infections are acute, subacute, and chronic. Each type of sinusitis is defined by its severity and duration of symptoms.

The most common treatment method for mild sinusitis includes a simple decongestant or nasal spray, while in more severe cases, antibiotics may be necessary.

Reactive Airway Disease

Reactive airway disease is a controversial, tough-to-define medical condition associated with obstructed airways, overreactive bronchial tubes, and irritable symptoms involving difficulty breathing, mucus build-up, and excessive coughing.

Often confused with asthma, reactive airway disease typically occurs during or after a respiratory infection, but it also can be induced by an allergic reaction. For example, exposure to pet dander may cause the typical wheezing and shortness of breath that occurs with reactive airway disease. While avoiding the identified triggers of reactive airway disease is the best preventative measure, other treatments and management options are available.

Long-term medication in conjunction with an bronchodilator inhaler is typically required for the treatment and management of symptoms.

Treating asthmaAsthma

According to the CDC, asthma is now categorized as a risk factor for severe complications associated with COVID-19 infection.

As a chronic inflammatory condition impacting the airways, asthma often results in episodic airflow obstruction attacks that causes significant breathing difficulty. An asthma attack can develop into an emergent condition if left untreated.

Several treatment, management, and preventative measures are available to mitigate or provide relief from symptoms altogether, including inhalers and corticosteroid medication.

Angioedema  

Defined as swelling underneath the skin, angioedema is a medical condition that can develop from exposure to an allergenic trigger. Though typically not severe initially, angioedema can worsen without treatment and cause life-threatening sequelae.

Swelling from angioedema can occur nearly anywhere on the body, however, is most commonly recognizable on the hands, feet, lips, area surrounding the eyes, and even the genitals.

Depending on the extensive nature of the swelling, treatment may include intravenous epinephrine, oxygen supplementation, and antihistamines.

Treating Sequelae of Allergies Treating Sequelae of Allergies

Treating allergies and sequelae of allergies, no matter the allergy or complication, tend to involve similar protocols, the most common being a prescription or over-the-counter medication. These treatments will work at various stages of the immune  response such as by histamine blockade or counteracting the chemicals released during an advanced immune response cascade.

The treatment protocol required, however, depends greatly on the level of the immune response, the general health of the patient, and the symptomatology involved.

During a topical skin reaction, antihistamines and ointments; for congestive complications, nasal sprays, decongestants, and lifestyle interventions such as hydration.

If it’s an airway complication, oxygen supplementation, reduction of swelling via the use of epinephrine, and bronchodilation are some methods that are used to treat the condition. If an airway cannot be obtained by placing a breathing tube in the trachea, surgical placement of a cricothyrotomy tube may be necessary.

Final Thoughts

It’s important for those living with allergies and sequelae of allergies, no matter how mild or severe, to avoid allergic triggers and environmental irritants as much as possible.

Treating Severe Allergic Reactions

Treating Severe Allergic Reactions

Treating and managing severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis can prove difficult, not merely due to the lack of time available between the time of exposure to the development of life-threatening symptoms but due to the lack of immediately available resources during the time of need.

For those who live with severe allergies, it’s critical that they have access to an emergency dose of epinephrine, typically in the form of an EpiPen, also known as an EAI or epinephrine auto-injector.

Failure to be prepared can ultimately result in severe long-term health complications, life-threatening reactions, and death.

In what follows, we’ll be discussing the treatment and management techniques available to deploy during emergency situations surrounding severe allergic reactions in which the conditions of anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock occur.

Management of Anaphylaxis

A potentially fatal condition, anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that typically occurs almost immediately after harmful exposure to an allergen.

It’s not uncommon for anaphylaxis to be thought of as less serious and thus under-treated. This holds especially true in casual, non-medical settings where those surrounding the individual are not aware of the risks of the severe allergic reaction and do not know how to react to such a circumstance.

To avoid the subsequent complications that can arise during a state of anaphylactic shock and to prevent the situation from worsening into an uncontrollable condition, it’s important to understand some concepts about anaphylaxis management.

The following are four aspects of management typically used in a controlled emergency medical environment on individuals experiencing an anaphylactic episode.

Supplemental Oxygen

During times of anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock, patients are likely to experience shortness of breath or total loss of breath as a result of impaired airways. Among the initial steps of management during such an emergency situation, an individual’s airway must be assessed and managed. This will be the only effective way to deliver oxygen to the lungs to be able to sustain life.

Supplemental oxygen delivered by the immediate placement of a breathing tube into the trachea will allow the initial medical provider to buy some time before more comprehensive help arrives. The rapid assessment of the airway and quick placement of an airway tube allows for continuous oxygen flow to the lungs before the airway becomes obstructed.

Intravenous Fluids

It is imperative that intravenous fluids be administered to treat those experiencing an anaphylactic episode. In the state of anaphylaxis, the normal intravascular volume is depleted due to leakage of fluid and decreased pressure in the blood vessels. This depleted volume in the blood vessels must be replaced to be able to deliver blood efficiently to all areas of the body.

This process is otherwise known as fluid resuscitation. The fluid used is typically saline solution.

Patient asian elder women 80s do tracheostomy use ventilator for breathing help on bed in the hospital.Emergent Surgical Airway

During the initial assessment, it may be identified that the patient’s airways are evidently compromised and the placement of an airway tube will not be possible. In such a circumstance, a surgical placement of a cricothyroidotomy, is likely required.

A cricothyroidotomy is a surgical procedure that involves an incision in the front of the neck and the placement of a short curved tube through the incision into the trachea. Thus, life-saving oxygen therapy can be delivered into the lungs by an alternative route.

Emergency Use of Epinephrine

During the earliest available opportunity, the anaphylactic patient should be given an emergency dose of epinephrine, either intramuscularly (IM) or intravenously (IV). The first dose will often be given intramuscularly, and subsequent intravenous administration can be given as needed.

Treatment of Severe Reactions with Epinephrine

Not only is epinephrine used in the initial emergency management protocol, but it is also very effective in the management of other pathophysiological complications that occur in an anaphylactic episode.

For example, individuals are likely to experience airway obstruction. Epinephrine is effective in helping to reverse such airflow obstruction while also potentially reversing cardiovascular collapse.

The following are the most common therapeutic actions of using epinephrine as a means of treatment for anaphylaxis.

  • Increases pressure inside blood vessels
  • Decreases swelling inside the airways
  • Increases stronger heart contraction and heart rate
  • Increases bronchodilation
  • Decreases release of mediators of inflammation from mast cells

While the potential for adverse effects of using epinephrine as a source of treatment and management exists, the benefits far outweigh the risks, and it has proven to be life-saving.

Final Thoughts

Living with a life-threatening allergy can be undesirable and sometimes scary, especially if a severe reaction occurs. To combat this sometimes uncontrollable possibility, it’s important to be proactive with preparation.

Travel with an EpiPen at all times and, above all else, understand the concepts of an allergic reaction management plan, both independently and with extended peers. It’s also important to have discussions with an allergy specialist to understand the risks of anaphylaxis.

Introduction to Juicing: A Healthier Way of Living

Introduction to Juicing: A Healthier Way of Living

Introduction to Juicing

When it comes to healthy and wholesome diets, juicing is one of the most popular ways to get more nutrients from fruits and veggies.

Most importantly, juicing provides you with an abundance of natural antioxidants that help neutralize the free radicals in our bodies that can cause chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes. Read on to learn about what juicing is, its health benefits, why you should start juicing today, the best fruits and vegetables to juice, how to store your juices for optimal freshness, and much more.

What exactly is Juicing?

Juicing is the process of extracting juice from fruits and vegetables. There are various types of juicers for different fruits and veggies.

Juicers come in two main varieties: Centrifugal or masticating. They also come in types like single or multi-speed, single or double auger, etc.

Centrifugal juicers are the most common. They use a high-speed spinning blade to chop up produce, then extract the juice. This method creates more foam in the juice and fewer nutrients than a masticating juicer.

Masticating juicers have a slower spinning auger that crushes produce and squeezes out the juices. These types of juicers are better for retaining vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, and are the best for any beginner juicer.

Why Should You Juice?

Juicing has many benefits, such as improving your gut health, boosting your metabolism, improving your skin and hair quality, increasing your energy levels, and even helping you lose weight!

Juicing is a great way to get more nutrients from fruits and veggies, and it is much easier to consume a large amount of produce at one time. When you juice, you are consuming the whole food, but getting rid of the fiber (which can be very beneficial).

Juicing removes the need to chew your food, and can help if you have a sensitive digestive system. The main goal should be to get the most nutrients out of the foods you eat!

How to Start Juicing?

If you’re curious about juicing, there are many benefits of juicing you’ll want to experience. But first, you want to make sure you have the right juicer to get the most out of your veggies and fruits.

Type of Juicer – The first thing you want to do is decide on the type of juicer you want. There are many types of juicers out there, so you have tons of options to choose from, but some will be more beneficial than others. When it comes to juicers, the main difference is in the way they extract the juice from the produce.

Juice Yield – When choosing a juicer, you want to make sure you get one that will get the most juice out of your produce. You also want to make sure the juicer is easy to clean and won’t take up too much space in your kitchen.

Juice Quality – You also want to pick a juicer that produces high-quality juice. You can usually tell by looking at the foam and pulp content of the juice. If a juicer produces mostly foam and very little pulp, it’s likely not extracting as much juice as it could.

Best Fruits for Juicing

When you start juicing, it’s best to start off with a few basic fruits like oranges, apples, and grapefruits, which are all high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C is great for boosting your immune system and keeping you healthy during cold and flu season.

Other fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are great for boosting your metabolism and can be added to any basic fruit juice.

Bananas – Bananas are loaded with potassium and are great for your heart and keeping your blood pressure normal. Bananas also help to keep your digestive tract moving and are full of fiber, so they are great for your gut health.

Grapefruit – Grapefruits are one of the best fruits you can juice because they are high in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and pectin, which is great for your heart and keeping your cholesterol levels normal. Grapefruits are also known to help keep your gut healthy.

Best Vegetables for Juicing

When it comes to juicing vegetables, it’s best to start with a mixture of greens and carrots or a combo of citrus fruits and broccoli. These are the best veggies to start off with as they are high in vitamins and minerals.

Citrus Fruits – Citrus fruits, like oranges and grapefruits, are full of Vitamin C and antioxidants, making them great for your heart and immune system. They are also high in pectin, which helps to keep your digestive tract moving and your bowels healthy.

Carrots – Carrots are the best vegetable to start off with because they are very easy to juice and are very high in Vitamin A and beta carotene, which are great for healthy skin and eyes.

Spinach – Spinach is another good vegetable juice to start with because it is high in vitamins A and C and also contains iron, which is great for your blood and immune system.

Tips When Starting Out Juicing

Find your favorite fruits and vegetables. Once you find your favorite fruits and veggies, you can mix and match them to create tons of different juicing combinations. Find your favorite fruits and vegetables.

Start slowly. It’s best to start slowly and maybe try one vegetable juice and one fruit juice per day. Make sure you wash all of your produce thoroughly before juicing to make sure there are no harmful bacteria left on your produce.

Conclusion

Juicing is a great way to get more vitamins and minerals in your diet, but it’s important to note that juicing alone doesn’t replace eating whole fruits and vegetables. Juicing is best done in addition to eating whole produce, rather than as a replacement. If you want to live a healthier lifestyle and are looking for ways to detox your body and increase your intake of vitamins and minerals, juicing is a great way to do so.

 

Identifying Allergies and Allergy Testing

Identifying Allergies and Allergy Testing

Allergic reactions are a common occurrence in humans, prevalent in all ages, sexes, and demographics. While allergies can develop in anyone at any time, children seem to be the most susceptible, especially if their parent(s) have allergies. Young woman undergoing procedure of allergen skin tests in clinicAllergic reactions are a common occurrence in humans, prevalent in all ages, sexes, and demographics. While allergies can develop in anyone at any time, children seem to be the most susceptible, especially if their parent(s) have allergies.

Although there are many reasons why allergies develop, much is still not known about their etiology. The most common allergies and allergenic causes include environmental factors, food sensitivities, and genetic predispositions.

Identifying and making the diagnosis of various allergies can sometimes be a difficult task due to all of the various types and the different severities of the illness.

When individuals present with specific symptoms that are related to allergies, they often have no idea as to the cause. It is then the job of the health care provider to ask the correct questions and obtain a comprehensive history to start the process of making the diagnosis.

The type of thorough training that an allergy specialist has will make them the best diagnosticians, yet other healthcare workers can become adept at this process with experience.

In what follows, we’ll be sharing the many types of allergies and exploring how allergies and their corresponding symptoms are both identified and diagnosed. We’ll also detail the outlook for those living with allergies.

Types of Allergies

There are several types of allergies, each comprising mostly similar symptoms, although some differences can be seen. Whether seasonal allergies, hay fever, food allergies, or insect bites, allergic symptoms are often mild in nature and include itchiness, skin rashes, and mild congestion.

Moderate allergic symptoms may include swelling, vomiting, and diarrhea. In rare cases, however, some allergies can be severe and even life-threatening, resulting in anaphylaxis, shock, and even cardiac arrest.

No matter the type or severity of the allergy, patients experiencing an allergic reaction typically experience symptoms within the first few minutes of exposure.

It is important to note that not all individuals who claim to have allergies actually have the immunological response that corresponds with the accurate diagnosis of an allergic reaction. These individuals will need additional evaluation and management beyond allergy diagnosis.

If an individual shows noticeable symptoms upon consuming a particular food, for example, it’s a likely presumption that a food allergy is present. Should the individual lack additional or more specific symptoms upon eating a particular food, however, a mere sensitivity to the food might be the case. Identifying and Diagnosing Allergies

When diagnosing the possibility of an allergy, healthcare practitioners typically evaluate three primary factors. Those three factors include the immune system response, the symptoms that appear as a result of allergen contact, and the allergens that may cause such reactions.

If an individual shows noticeable symptoms upon consuming a particular food, for example, it’s a likely presumption that a food allergy is present. Should the individual lack additional or more specific symptoms upon eating a particular food, however, a mere sensitivity to the food might be the case.

During an allergy evaluation, several tests are done that will seek to examine the body’s white blood cells and their corresponding immune response. Additional testing for antibodies to see whether the patient has enough strength to defend against foreign invaders will likely follow.

Upon the completion of tests, the practitioner will reach a conclusion as to whether or not a suspected allergy is present. Should the conclusion reached determine that an allergy is present, they’ll proceed with some additional testing. If the allergen suspected is an allergen that causes skin reactions, then allergy skin tests are utilized for confirmation of the allergy.

Other diagnostic tests include oral tests for substances and foods. These tests are very helpful in assessing a wide variety of different allergens and will help make the diagnosis more accurate.

Doctor doing skin test to her patient in medical officeSummary of Allergy Tests

To summarize the journey to diagnosing an allergy or allergies, the following is an organized detail of the many types of allergy tests utilized.

White Blood Cell Test: Determines the immune system response or lack thereof of the patient to conclude whether or not they have the strength to defend against invaders.

Antibody Test: Measures the defenders in the immune system involved with guarding against infection and foreign invaders. It also confirms previous exposure to allergic substances and determines the overall strength of the immune system.

Skin Test: Exposes the skin of the patient to the presumed allergenic substance to measure the reaction or lack thereof. Distinguishes between allergic reaction or mere sensitivity, as well as the severity of the reaction.

Oral Test: Requires the patient to ingest the food that’s presumed to be the cause of the reaction to determine the response.

No matter the diagnosis of the particular allergy, the outlook for individuals with allergies is typically positive. With several treatment and management options and several more preventative techniques, it’s very rare for an allergy to develop into one that is severe or life-threatening.

Final Thoughts

Although the methods for diagnosing allergies are helpful in determining the causes of allergies, they are not foolproof, and they don’t always pinpoint the exact allergen. Yet, these methods are excellent tools and help to achieve the best clinical judgment by a health practitioner.

Allergy specialists are certainly the most qualified individuals to evaluate and treat allergies and should be considered the standard, especially in cases of difficult allergies.

Preventing Allergic Reactions in Public Places

Preventing Allergic Reactions in Public Places

School nurse checking temperature of student patient.While the only full-proof way of preventing public allergic reactions is to stay home and never leave, this, of course, isn’t a realistic recommendation. Creating a comprehensive allergy management plan, then, is the next best option to effectively prevent or manage allergic reactions in public places.

 

In what follows, we’ll be sharing the most effective tips and tactics for preparing for public places and the possible allergens that may accompany them. While allergens are not always avoidable, they are often preventable, or at the very least manageable, if the proper procedures are put in place and utilized.

Preparing for Public Places and Allergens

There has been progress made in lawmaking surrounding the public protection of those with severe allergies, specifically with regard to the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act.

This law, in particular, is active in most states and allows those schools involved to stock epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) in case of emergency situations. Many states are actually even considering an expansion of this law to allow for greater access to epinephrine outside of the confines of school campuses.

Many schools are also equipped with asthma and allergy programs designed to help manage allergic symptoms. Additional protocols can also be explored to ensure the safest possible environment in a prominent public place, such as schools. This progress will certainly depend upon decisions made at a governmental level.

To improve upon the overall situation, it’s important that individuals with allergies proceed to take every necessary precaution proactively so as to prevent allergic reactions from occurring. The following are tips for those with allergies when preparing for public places.

Become Educated on Possible Allergens

Potential allergens are abundant in public environments, often hiding from those living with such allergies. Preventative behavior for managing allergies includes becoming educated about all possible allergens that could or will be in the environment planning to be visited.

Prevention of allergic reactions in public places doesn’t only include education surrounding the environment and its accompanying allergens. It also includes being prepared by having the proper medications quickly available in case of an emergency or unforeseen circumstance.

These medications include antihistamines, decongestants, corticosteroids, or emergency epinephrine shots, and understanding how these medications help treat the allergy is very helpful. Traveling prepared with the right medications is essential to the prevention and management of allergic reactions, whether mild or severe.

Always Travel With an EpiPen

Winneconne, WI - 17 May 2019 : A package of Teva epineprine auto injector pen for allergic emergenies on an isolated backgroundAs a parent responsible for managing a child’s allergies or as an adult living with allergies, it’s imperative to ensure that an EpiPen is available to the individual at all times to ensure their safety.

If it’s a child that has allergies, it’s important to ensure that they know how to use the EpiPen properly in case of an anaphylactic emergency. Depending on their age, their ability to perform the proper technique may be problematic. In this case, it’s important to consult with the school staff or school nurse to ensure a comprehensive and reliable allergy response plan is put in place.

The EpiPen is one of the most important medications for the emergent situation, but other medications should also be readily available for children, and this can be something that is arranged as part of the response plan.

Ensure School Staff is Well Trained in EAIs

Most states have laws that allow schools and campuses to sufficiently stock appropriate amounts of epinephrine auto-injectors (EAI) in case of an on-campus emergency. Yet, only stocking epinephrine, however, isn’t enough.

Instead, it’s important that the school in question has a staff that has received comprehensive EAI training, is educated, willing, and is able to perform the proper procedure when necessary.

Meeting with the school nurse can be especially helpful in identifying the special allergy needs of your children.

Inform Others of Food Allergies When Dining Out

We’ve discussed primarily about generalized public places and school campuses; however, we’ve yet to consider other vulnerable public destinations such as restaurants and other dine-in service businesses.

While most restaurants and diners are equipped to accommodate allergies, they may not ask their patrons about allergies. It’s up to those living with allergies to proactively inform the necessary restaurant staff of any allergies so that the accommodation can be made accordingly.

Failure to do so, even if it’s due to sheer forgetfulness, can produce a complicated scenario that could have been prevented. Many public places are becoming very sensitive to the risk of allergies in their customers, which helps improve the environment’s safety tremendously.

At the very least, be sure to travel with an EpiPen should it be necessary to do so, whether traveling to school campuses, restaurants, or otherwise.

Final Thoughts

Being allergy-aware is essential to the prevention and management of allergic reactions in public places and other vulnerable settings. Not being proactive about allergies and making those around you allergy-aware can result in potentially severe and even life-threatening consequences.

Being proactive with preparation, communicating clearly and with the right people, and ensuring that the necessary medication is always on-hand wherever you go are essential to the prevention of allergic reactions in public places.