So I’ve always carried an Epipen in my pocket since I can remember.  I’ve never actually used it, but I did get to try an expired one on an apple once, which at the time was really exciting.  However, after actually seeing the thing in action, feeling the jolt of the needle as it plunged effortlessly into the overripe apple eventually led to me being terrified of the whole system.  I was adamant that if I were to have an anaphylactic reaction, I would find anyway to avoid using it.

I’ve wondered if there are alternatives to the Epipen.  From what I have found on the internet, there aren’t too many.  Apparently there was an attempt a few years ago to create an oral epinephrine delivery system, but articles in regards to that stop appearing from 2007 onwards.

See article:

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Health_Letter/2006/July/an_under-the-tongue_alternative_to_epipen

It seems epinephrine injectors have stayed basically the same since their development from the Combopen.  So my dreams of carrying an epinephrine delivery system that doesn’t involve stabbing my leg will have to wait longer.

Anywho, here’s a video of an older version Epipen in action. Newer models have a sheath that releases along with the needle, that covers it and lowers the chance of injury post injection.

ryandixon110:

Was reading this article today and thought I would try re-blogging it to see what would happen. I find this way more exciting than it really is.

Originally posted on The Chart:

With food allergies still on the rise and no clear answer about their causes, parents of allergic children anxiously await the development of an effective treatment to prevent life-threatening reactions.

Researchers are making progress with a method for helping children with food allergies develop a tolerance for foods they otherwise couldn’t eat.  The technique is called immunotherapy.  The basic idea is to give an allergic child extremely small quantities of the allergen and increase the dosage over time.

A new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is particularly exciting because it followed children with an egg allergy for one year after they stopped receiving immunotherapy treatment and found some success in that group.  But more than half of the children did not show this immunity and doctors still don’t know why.

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Hey, my name is Ryan.  I’ve had food allergies all of my life. I am currently allergic to wheat, barley, rye, millet, kiwis and all nuts including peanuts.  In the past I was also allergic to eggs, lemons, oranges and coffee.  This blog will be about everything food allergies,

I hope that from doing this I will be able to pass on some knowledge about living with allergies.  Hopefully I’ll learn something too.

It’s going to be super fun(?).  Or at least I hope it will be.  Maybe it will only end up being informative. Or maybe it won’t be informative at all.  Regardless, it’s going to happen.  I’ve never had a blog before, so it might be a total train wreck, but it will be my train wreck.  I’m super pumped.

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