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Food allergy, anaphylaxis and the 911 lottery

Wide differences in population density, topography, funding and other conditions have resulted in different types on EMS systems. Learn about variations between EMS by country, state, and even agency.

Allergy-Triggered Anaphylaxis

Schools that stock epinephrine for emergency use to treat anaphylaxis caused by food reactions or other triggers can see striking benefits, a new study shows.
Allergen-specific immunotherapy, although still experimental, is becoming an area of active research for treatment of food allergy in children.
Andrew M. Brown, MD, is an allergist and immunologist with 47 years of experience and practices in otolaryngology, allergy, and immunology, and has been in practice in Gadsden, AL for the last 40 years. He graciously took time from his extremely busy practice, the largest allergy practice in the area, to talk with me. I started with the question: What would you like to tell an in-the-trenches optometrist about allergy?
President Obama recently signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act to enable school personnel to better react to children having emergent asthma attacks or severe allergy reactions.