How To Avoid An Allergic Reaction

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Traci Mitchell with NAHU discusses the ways to avoid anaphylaxis.

    Tracy Mitchell: Hi! I am Tracy Mitchell with the National Association of Health Underwriters Education Foundation. Today I'm discussing how to avoid anaphylaxis. Strict avoidance of allergens and early recognition in management of allergic reactions are important measures to prevent serious health consequences for your child.

    Make sure children wash their hands with soap and water not just antibacterial gels and wash your own hands before and after handling food. Cook food thoroughly and avoid serving raw foods as this may prevent some types of allergic reactions. Keep food preparation areas clean, preferably with bleach and avoid cross contamination by washing dishes thoroughly and clearly labeling food storage items. Read food labels carefully and inform school administrators and caregivers about severe allergies.

    To minimize the risk of allergic reactions don't allow your child to use full scented soaps or lotions which can attract bees and cause reactions and aggravate asthma. Make sure any bee or wasp nest around your home are removed and destroyed. You can report, nest in public places to your local park service or the city's health services. The two most common topical allergens are metals and toiletries, the first aid products household cleaners, adhesives and polymer materials can also cause reactions. Be aware of what your child reacts to and do not keep possible allergens in your home.

    A medical alert bracelet or a necklace may also be necessary for your child to wear, especially if they are not within your direct care, make sure your child cab incorrectly inform friends and caregivers of any medical conditions and treatments. It is essential to properly protect your child. So talk to your healthcare provider about more ways to avoid deadly allergens.