Responding to allergic emergencies at school takes a care team.

From bus to class to after-school activities, a child with life-threatening allergies is likely to be in the care of many adults throughout any given day. While the school nurse may hold your child's Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan, it's important for each and every potential caregiver to be ready to use your child's AUVI-Q® (epinephrine injection, USP) in the event of an allergic emergency.

Work with your doctor to make sure you and your care team are ready by customizing an Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan. There are several examples available online, including the following form from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).

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Steps to consider before their first day.

Send your child back to school ready to respond to an allergic emergency with AUVI-Q. Use this checklist as a starting point.

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When it comes to life-threatening allergies, there are a lot of misconceptions out there. But it's important to separate fact from fiction, and deal with the realities of anaphylaxis, who it affects, and how often it really occurs.

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Looks can be deceiving.

Looks can be deceiving.

MYTH: It can't be anaphylaxis if there are no visible skin symptoms like hives or rash.

Looks can be deceiving.

MYTH: It can't be anaphylaxis if there are no visible skin symptoms like hives or rash.

FACT: It's possible to experience anaphylaxis without skin symptoms.6 Other symptoms, like dizziness, low blood pressure, and difficulty breathing can occur without the presence of hives or rash.

FACT: It's possible to experience anaphylaxis without skin symptoms.6 Other symptoms, like dizziness, low blood pressure, and difficulty breathing can occur without the presence of hives or rash.

What it means

If you or someone you know with known risk of anaphylaxis has come into contact with an allergen, look for visible symptoms like skin rash. But be aware of the other potential symptoms of anaphylaxis as well. If any are present, rescue medication like epinephrine should be administered as soon as possible and emergency medical treatment should be sought.6

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Time is of the essence.

Time is of the essence.

MYTH: Anaphylaxis takes hours or days to occur.

Time is of the essence.

MYTH: Anaphylaxis takes hours or days to occur.

FACT: Anaphylaxis develops rapidly, with peak severity usually occurring within 5 to 30 minutes of contact with an allergen.14

FACT: Anaphylaxis develops rapidly, with peak severity usually occurring within 5 to 30 minutes of contact with an allergen.14

What it means

While you should always avoid allergens and understand the symptoms of anaphylaxis, when it occurs it's important to administer epinephrine right away, and to seek immediate emergency medical attention.

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Setting the
record straight on antihistamines.

Setting the
record straight on antihistamines.

MYTH: Some people think antihistamines are a good first response to anaphylaxis.

Setting the
record straight on antihistamines.

MYTH: Some people think antihistamines are a good first response to anaphylaxis.

FACT: Actually, epinephrine should be your initial response. You should then seek immediate emergency medical attention.6

FACT: Actually, epinephrine should be your initial response. You should then seek immediate emergency medical attention.6

What it means

Drugs like antihistamines have a delayed onset of action and do not treat all of the symptoms of anaphylaxis. That's why it's important to use epinephrine, which begins to work rapidly.15

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The cafeteria, the classroom, and beyond.

The cafeteria, the classroom, and beyond.

MYTH: Allergen avoidance should be focused on the classroom and cafeteria, where kids who are at risk are most likely to experience anaphylaxis.

The cafeteria, the classroom, and beyond.

MYTH: Allergen avoidance should be focused on the classroom and cafeteria, where kids who are at risk are most likely to experience anaphylaxis.

FACT: Anaphylaxis can happen anywhere, including in and around school. In fact, a study of allergic reactions in the school setting found that about 20% occurred outside the school building, such as on the playground, the bus, or on field trips.16

FACT: Anaphylaxis can happen anywhere, including in and around school. In fact, a study of allergic reactions in the school setting found that about 20% occurred outside the school building, such as on the playground, the bus, or on field trips.16

What it means

The care taken to avoid allergens inside the school should be the same care taken to avoid allergens outside the building. Bus drivers, chaperones, and other school staff should be allergen aware, and trained in case they’re called upon to administer epinephrine in the event of an allergic emergency.

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Peanuts. Another word for "smaller percentage than you may think."

Peanuts. Another word for "smaller percentage than you may think."

MYTH: Many Americans are allergic to peanuts.

Peanuts. Another word for "smaller percentage than you may think."

MYTH: Many Americans are allergic to peanuts.

FACT: Only about 0.6% of all Americans are allergic to peanuts, and 1.7% of children have a peanut allergy.15,17

FACT: Only about 0.6% of all Americans are allergic to peanuts, and 1.7% of children have a peanut allergy.15,17

What it means

Though peanut allergy prevalence is relatively low, recently this allergy has doubled among children.17 The result? The peanut itself has become a symbol of the condition more parents and children find themselves facing.

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