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MEDICAL ALERT DOG TAGS: IDENTIFYING FOOD ALLERGIES

One might think of medical alert dog tags as a specialty item for older or seriously ill people. But it’s not. Medical alert dog tags can provide the right information for the obvious conditions, such as high blood pressure, risk of stroke, and heart conditions. They are also used to list medications, to ensure there are no conflicts between what someone is taking and what someone needs in an emergency situation.

Food Allergies Demand Medical Alert Jewelry

One of the biggest reasons to have medical alert dog tags is to list allergies. You’ll want to list not just allergies to medicines, but also allergies to food and materials (such as latex). More and more people are diagnosed with food allergies and intolerances. The general statistics on food allergies are eye-popping:

Perhaps more than anyone else, children need medical alert dog tags listing their food allergies. Many kids don’t even need to eat something to cause a reaction – simple cross-contamination can cause a life-threatening reaction. Despite widespread awareness of food allergies, there are still great numbers of serious reactions, leading to:

  • More than 300,000 ambulatory-care visits each year among children under 18 (Source: CDC)
  • Every three minutes a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room, equaling about 200,000 emergency room visits per year
  • Every six minutes the reaction is one of anaphylaxis

While allergic reactions can’t always be prevented, knowing the allergen can help with the emergency treatment. It may seem unnecessary, but if your allergy is severe enough for you to carry an EpiPen, you should also list your allergy on medical alert dog tags.