Posted January 14, 2013 by Jennifer Kane in Education-Careers

‘Modern Family’s’ Julie Bowen shares personal family story of living with life-threatening allergies

Pop quiz! Do you know what a peanut butter sandwich in the cafeteria, a latex glove in the science lab and a bumblebee on the playground all have in typical? For some students, an encounter with any of these products could result in a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

Anaphylaxis has several feasible triggers, can take place swiftly, without having warning, and need to be treated immediately with epinephrine. Avoidance of allergic triggers is the critical first step in managing life-threatening allergies. Nonetheless, allergens are not constantly apparent and accidental exposure could nevertheless take place.

In an effort to increase awareness of and preparedness for anaphylaxis, Emmy-award winning actress Julie Bowen, recognized for her comedic role in &ldquoModern Family members,&rdquo has joined Mylan Specialty L.P. on the Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis(TM) initiative. Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis delivers sensible data to educate the school community to assist these at threat for life-threatening allergic reactions avoid their triggers, recognize anaphylaxis indicators and symptoms and comprehend how to swiftly get appropriate treatment and instant healthcare care when anaphylaxis occurs. Julie, who found out that her son had life-threatening allergies when he experienced anaphylaxis as a toddler, is sharing her loved ones&rsquos encounter to aid drive a national conversation on this severe well being situation. Fortunately, Julie&rsquos son received instant healthcare care and recovered quickly.

&ldquoI know initial-hand that anaphylaxis can take place anyplace and at any time, and that men and women usually aren&rsquot prepared to respond,&rdquo mentioned Bowen. &ldquoMy son&rsquos reaction was a wake-up call that our loved ones and those who take care of our son when he is in school, require to turn into more educated about life-threatening allergic reactions, how to ideal steer clear of them from happening and what to do in case an accidental exposure happens.&rdquo

Young children and adolescents are amongst these most at-danger for anaphylaxis due to increased exposure to possible allergic triggers. In truth, the prevalence of food allergies among children is on the rise, now affecting about 1 in 13 U.S. children. Anaphylaxis causes an estimated 1,500 deaths every year.

The great news: Julie is excited that Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis gives a comprehensive, community-inspired on the internet resource on www.Anaphylaxis101.com to meet the information wants of the extended community impacted by potentially life-threatening allergies. The web site involves a personalized, virtual tour and access to an substantial library of resources from major patient, professional, and advocacy groups. Students, parents, teachers, administrators, school nurses and other community members can access info specific to their demands and find out how they can contribute to raising anaphylaxis awareness and preparedness. By logging on to www.Anaphylaxis101.com, guests have the alternative to enter a virtual expertise or discover helpful resources and supplies tailored to the individual role in the school community and exactly where they reside.

&ldquoSimilar to recognizing when a person needs the Heimlich maneuver or CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), we want people to recognize anaphylaxis indicators and symptoms, and understand how to speedily get proper therapy and immediate medical care when anaphylaxis happens,&rdquo said Hemant Sharma, M.D., Associate Chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Kids&rsquos National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. &ldquoEvery particular person responsible for the wellness of youngsters in schools ought to be conscious of and ready for a life-threatening allergic reaction. I encourage absolutely everyone to pay a visit to www.Anaphylaxis101.com to understand a lot more about anaphylaxis and get data to help them be ready to respond if it takes place.&rdquo

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Jennifer Kane