As if managing school, sports, homework, extracurricular activities, friends and social events isn’t enough, food-allergic teenagers have even more challenges to face than most. Too often the pressure to fit in with their peers causes some teens to get caught up in taking risks with their food allergies. Risky behaviors such as not reading labels and eating foods that could contain allergens, as well as not carrying emergency medicine when out with friends, are some of the most common.
Food-allergic teenagers who take a path of responsibly managing their food allergies discover they can still participate in most school and social activities and even sports. And an important part of this responsibility is carrying their epinephrine auto-injector with them at all times. On that subject, teens have several options.
Choose an Auto-Injector That’s Best for You
There are a number of epinephrine auto-injectors that have been approved by the FDA and are available, with a prescription, to people who are managing food allergies. The devices operate in different ways, so it is important to discuss your options with your doctor and be properly trained to use the device. Check out the list of devices currently on the market and learn the important information about each product, along with the training videos that show how to use them.
Sharing the Food Allergy Story with Friends
Friends are an important part of every teen’s life, so if food-allergic teens help their friends understand food allergies it helps everyone become more educated and aware. Friends also need to know about food allergies in the event of an allergic reaction. They should be able to recognize symptoms of a reaction and know what to do in case of an emergency.
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