FARE WALK November 19th in Atlanta, Georgia Join Us

Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room in the U.S. A life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease, food allergy affects 15 million Americans.

Right now, there is no treatment or cure for food allergy… but there is HOPE.

We’re walking in and raising funds for the FARE Walk for Food Allergy to help FARE fulfill its mission to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments.
Here’s how you can help:

DONATE NOW! We hope to reach our team fundraising goal. Any amount helps!
To make a donation to the team, click the the Link Below:
http://fare.foodallergy.org/goto/wgfasg

JOIN OUR TEAM by going to the link above, click JOIN MY TEAM on the top right, then invite others you know to do the same.

By making a donation on our behalf, you will be helping FARE to fund food allergy education programs, advocacy and awareness initiatives, and world-class research. –

Join our event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/272781913212418/

Location:
Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy
592 N Angier Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308

Date & Time:
November 19th, 2017 at 1pm-4pm EST

We can’t wait to see you there!

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January 21, 2014 Meeting

Hello, West Georgia Food Allergy Support Group Family!
Our first meeting will be at Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, Ga 7:00pm January 21st, 2014. We would love for you to attend the meeting. We will be going over what the Support Group goals are, and what we will be doing to help all of our members. Please come to our first meeting. We would love to get to know you, and your family. nochildII

We will going over topics that may be too in-depth for children, and you may be interested in a topic we will be discussing, so we wouldn’t want distractions. You may also have questions regarding your child’s food allergies, and would like to address them without your child in hearing range. However, we will be planning upcoming events just for our food allergy children. Example: One of those events will be an Allergy Friendly Egg Hunt.
If you have any questions please contact us by Facebook: facebook.com/westgeorgiafasupportgroup or by email: wgfasg@gmail.com

Medical Bag

We wanted to share with you what you needed for a Food Allergy Medical Bag, or a Medical Bag for someone with Anaphylaxis.

Your allergist will likely prescribe an EpiPen® Jr. for your child if your child has experienced anaphylaxis, child has scored very high, 4+, on a skin prick allergy test or Immunocap RAST blood test to a specific substance or is believed to be likely to experience anaphylaxis in the future. The EpiPen® Jr is very lightweight, one pen contains one dose (.15 mg) of epinephrine for a child. Once your child reaches 60+ pounds they will go to the EpiPen® rather than the Jr.

EpiPen® should stay out of direct sunlight, do not leave it in a car/truck and do not put in refrigerator. Always replace your EpiPen® once it expires. You can find the Expiration Date on the EpiPen®

Example of a Medical Mini Bookbag

Example of a Medical Mini Bookbag

Everything you need in Medical Bag

1. Mini Bookbag 
~very convient to carry to school, or on a bus.

2. Take Medications
~ EpiPen 2-Pak® , always have more than 1, in case one misfires/malfunctions, Benadryl®, Inhaler, and the Allergy Form

3. Write all Contacts on an index card
~Place with the Allergy Form, you can never have too many contact copies

Be sure to take the bag with you everywhere. Georgia has released that Anaphylaxis students can now carry their medications with them. I personally think this is a great way to make sure the student has their medications with them: in a class, lunch, bus. No more looking for their medications if it is always on the student. If the student has a substitute bus driver, the medication is still on the student, so no more worries about getting the medications handed off.

When the student is carrying their medications be sure to let the child know, the medicine they are carrying they should not be showing it off or playing with it, it is not for play. It is for Emergency Use Only!

Reaction for when to use EpiPen®:
(The optimum time to administer the EpiPen® is within 15 minutes; however allergic reactions can progress much quicker)

  • Hives
  • Swelling of the throat continuing down to the lungs
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing

If EpiPen® is used, give Benadryl® and call 911, let them know the child has went into anaphylatic shock. Once the child arrives at the hospital, the child will need to remain there for 4 to 8 hours because the shock could return called biphasic reaction.

Discovery Channel: Food Allergies

Here is a preview: (Get the full episode by click “Discovery Channel” below)

Food allergies hit the Discovery Channel documentary, “An Emerging Epidemic: Food Allergies in America,” which aired Saturday, Sept. 7 at 8 a.m. ET/PT and Sept. 21 at 8 a.m. ET/PT. Narrated by Steve Carell and produced in partnership with Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), this important documentary explores what it is like to live with life-threatening food allergies, how families and individuals managing food allergies are working to raise awareness in their communities, and the vital research underway to find effective treatments and a cure.

discovery-poster-230x300Viewers can watch the show online at Discovery Channel or by downloading it on iTunes. For more details, visit www.foodallergy.org/emerging-epidemic.