Initial Reaction or diagnosis may be scary, but you are not alone. More than 220 Million worldwide are affected by food allergies, with 32 Million being diagnosed in the U.S. Typically, after your initial reaction, you will be introduced to an allergist trained to provide specialized care and help you avoid reactions. In severe cases, you will typically be prescribed epinephrine and will work together with your allergist to create an emergency action plan and management plan. Some helpful resources during this phase*:
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) is the most prominent membership organization of more than 7,000 allergists / immunologists (in the United States, Canada and 72 other countries) and patients' trusted resource for allergies, asthma and immune deficiency disorders. This membership includes allergist / immunologists, other medical specialists, allied health and related healthcare professionals—all with a special interest in the research and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is a professional medical organization of more than 6,000 allergists-immunologists and allied health professionals. ACAAI allergists are board-certified physicians trained to diagnose allergies and asthma, administer immunotherapy, and provide patients with the best treatment outcomes.
Food allergy management comes with many lifestyle changes, such as routine allergist appointments, avoiding your allergens, carrying epinephrine auto-injectors in case of severe reactions, and treatments such as Oral Immunotherapy (OIT). Some helpful resources for this phase include*:
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The world of food allergies, and therapies such as OIT can be a journey, sometimes, accompanied by a whirlwind of life interruptions. Alerje True Grit: Food Allergies and Immunotherapy Stories is a NEW community focused on resilience, grit, and mental health.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, and the oldest asthma and allergy patient group in the world.
A nonprofit with a mission to educate, advocate, and raise awareness for all individuals and families affected by food allergies and life-threatening anaphylaxis.
the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to food allergy awareness, education, research, and advocacy; the group provides information, programs, and resources about food allergies and anaphylaxis.
A helpful infographic to help you navigate 504 Plans for your child with food allergies this school year.
A helpful infographic comparing multiple school Emergency Care Plans for students with food allergies.
How to start creating your Food Allergy Management game plan to ease daily allergy management.
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