Live Confidently With Anaphylaxis: 6 Tips from a Grown-Up Allergy Kid

Live Confidently With Anaphylaxis: 6 Tips from a Grown-Up Allergy Kid

Hi, my name’s Nina and I’m a grown-up allergy kid. (Make Sure you check out my video below!) 

What’s a grownup allergy kid? Well it’s an allergy kid whose grown into an adult, and that’s me. Had my allergy since before I can remember and it’s not going anywhere.

So let’s tell you my allergy kid facts:

  • I have anaphylaxis to tree and groundnuts (peanuts)
  • I have eczema and asthma as well
  • I have a medical kit: adrenaline pens, inhalers, and anti-histamines.

And here are my grown up facts:

  • I’m in my mid-20s
  • I started my own business, Eat Allergy Safe, to help other children, families and allergy sufferers on their journey
  • I LOVE food! Especially chocolate biscuits.
  • I love to dance (ballet, ballroom and latin)

 

An allergy is an auto-immune response the body has something it believes is the foreign invader. The most serious allergic reaction can lead to anaphylaxis. With anaphylaxis there is a risk that your airwaves can swell so badly that they begin to close. If this happens you begin to suffocate and without medical attention, your throat will continue to close…

That’s why I carry a medical kit with me at all times; it has my life-saving medicine in it. But why life-saving medicine? It sounds a bit drastic doesn’t it? Well my medicine is about preventing my death. Much like wearing your seatbelt in the car it doesn’t stop an accident but it keeps you safer if there is one, my medicine is like my seatbelt.

Over my lifetime I’ve had many people think it strange that a nut could kill someone. It’s so small and most people can eat them. That’s the thing about an allergy, something harmless to one person could be seriously damaging or fatal to another.

From an early age my parents taught me how to manage my allergy. The tools I learned taught me how to navigate the world safely and live confidently with anaphylaxis. Life is there to be lived and it’s too short to live in fear of your allergy.

 

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What Helps Me Live Confidently with Anaphylaxis?

To live the life I want, I live by a simple set of rules to keep me allergy safe.

My allergy rules are simple and very pragmatic. The aim is to keep me safe and free from allergic reactions. Here are my rules:

6. Always have my medical kit with me

You never know when you could have an allergic reaction so you need to be prepared. My allergy medical kit is there to preventing a worst-case scenario (death) and get me to hospital so that I can receive full medical attention.

5. Check the ingredients and ingredients labels myself

The simple way to stay allergy safe and not have a reaction is to stay away from known allergens. Every allergy sufferer should get into the habit of checking ingredients labels and asking for ingredients information for unpackaged foods. This is a really easy habit. Don’t let other people make decisions about what goes into your body because they don’t know your allergy like you do.

4. Don’t eat anything I’m unsure of

Better to be safe than sorry. The food might look yummy might smell good if you can’t check and make sure that safe don’t eat it. If anyone says to you “oh, I’m sure it’ll be fine,” that is not a definite yes it is safe. You need to check the food is safe for you if it’s not don’t eat it. Don’t play Russian Roulette with your life; don’t fall to peer pressure because it could be fatal for you.

3. Educate others

As an allergy sufferer you will need to involve others in your allergy management plan. This can include your family, boyfriend, girlfriend, friends, colleagues etc. Most people don’t know much about allergies or allergy management. If they’re willing to listen, educate. Tell them about your allergy what is what you need to avoid and how they can help you.

2. I can always say “no”

In the case of staying allergy safe, having the confidence and the knowledge that you can say “no” is incredibly important. The majority of people are ignorant of allergies and unaware of all the ways cross contamination can happen. This is not their fault, they don’t have any practice. It is up to you the allergy sufferer to keep yourself safe, sometimes that may mean politely but firmly saying “No. Thank you.”

1. I am in charge of my allergy and responsible for my well-being

My allergy is mine and no one else’s. I am in charge of my safety and my well-being. I know that I am my best chance of staying safe and the only way I am able to make this so, is to believe it and own it. I am confident that I can take the necessary steps to ensure I stay allergy safe such as checking labels, educating others, carrying my medical kit, and always knowing I can say “no”.

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Managing allergies is simple it’s just about having the confidence to do it. It’s about managing your circumstances to your advantage so that you can join in with all life has to offer, allergen free.

Like most things practice makes perfect. Wherever you are on your allergy journey you can always keep learning. Your life is what you make it, and allergies don’t have to stop you in any way.

How do you live confidently with your allergy? Share your top tips by leaving a comment below, I’d love to hear about your experiences 🙂

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What’s your BIGGEST Allergy Challenge? – 100 Day Research Project

What’s your BIGGEST Allergy Challenge? – 100 Day Research Project

Thinking about allergy challenges…our 100 day research project.

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Nina here (founder of Eat Allergy Safe). I have been thinking a lot about the future of Eat Allergy Safe. I believe it should be a company dedicated to serving the needs of allergy sufferers.

Over the next 100 days, I have set myself the mission to find out how we can start serving you better and addressing your allergy challenges.

Please help me in my research by reading this short post.

There are a couple questions at the end (takes less than 2 minutes to answer!)

Thank you!

Nina


 

Do you or a family member have allergies/intolerances/coeliac disease/special dietary restrictions?

I do. I have anaphylaxis to tree nuts and peanuts, and I am gluten intolerant. My nut allergy was discovered when I was 9 months old when I had a reaction to peanut butter – pretty scary for my Mum.

Living with anaphylaxis has many challenges day to day. Not to mention big problems when I’ve had a reaction.

Over my life, I have learned how to deal with them and adapt. My parents protected me as a child,  raised me and taught me how to look after myself and own my allergy. Helping others learn about their allergies is one of my passions.

Sadly, allergies are on the rise. For new allergy sufferers,  many are being diagnosed with multiple extreme allergies and intolerances. Some of these can be quite surprising and shocking. How do you deal with these multiple allergies and the difficulties that arise?

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100 Days Research Project

We’re doing research into the topic: What allergy challenges do YOU face and what solutions can we find?

Why 100 days? Because in truth we need a deadline to work to. We want to be able to present our findings to you, and without a deadline, we won’t know when to start showing you what we’ve found.

Want updates? Every 10 days I will be sending out an email with how we’re getting on, the challenges we’re facing on our journey and how we’re overcoming them. If you would like to receive updates, please sign up to our newsletter below.

 

Allergies don’t have cures yet, that’s why we rely on each other, the allergy community. Most wisdom has come through trial and error and sharing stories.

 

With YOUR help, myself and the Eat Allergy Safe  team are going to start a project addressing your biggest allergy challenges. Please help us start our 100 day research project; there is just ONE question I need you to answer…

 

What is your BIGGEST hair pulling frustration and challenge you have living with allergies?

 

 

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