As Schools Start, AllergyEasy Helps Parents of Food-allergic Kids Calm Anxieties
A Phoenix-based company that helps U.S. doctors treat allergies with a safer alternative to shots assists families navigating back-to-school allergy concerns.
Phoenix, Arizona (PRUnderground) August 7th, 2020
It has been a tumultuous summer, with COVID-19 risks and political unrest stirring up anxieties nationwide. As schools start up again in different capacities, many students will get a whiff of normalcy, but anxieties could continue for food-allergic kids who face risks of severe reactions. With these concerns looming, AllergyEasy is urging parents to equip their kids to confront these fears with confidence.
AllergyEasy is a turnkey allergy treatment program that helps primary care doctors test and treat their allergic patients using sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). SLIT is a safer, more convenient alternative to allergy shots that involves taking “allergy serum” as daily, under-the-tongue drops rather than injections. The drops are absorbed into the bloodstream through specialized cells in the mouth and can desensitize patients so that they stop reacting to pollens, dust, mold, pet dander and various food proteins. As opposed to allergy shots, allergy drops are safe enough to be taken at home rather than administered at the doctor’s office.
Stuart Agren, M.D., AllergyEasy Founder, has treated thousands of children’s allergies using sublingual immunotherapy and helped doctors around the country treat many thousands more. He said that food allergies are a growing problem — one that can contribute to significant anxiety for parents and children alike.
“It’s now estimated that two kids per school classroom suffer from food allergies,” said Dr. Agren. “When kids are at home, parents can monitor their food intake and ensure that they are ready to react if adverse symptoms develop. They can’t do that when their kids are at school.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that food allergies in U.S. children increased by 50% between 1997 and 2011, meaning that far more children and their parents are grappling with the anxieties that frequently surround these allergies.
Dr. Agren said that his company is urging parents of allergic children to consider an article published in February in the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). The article highlighted advice from ACAAI member Ruchi Gupta, M.D.: “Because children take cues from their parents, and their level of anxiety often reflects their parents’ level of anxiety, parents need to recognize how they’re communicating with their children about food allergies.”
Agren said that parents should take the following steps for dealing with food allergy-induced anxiety:
- Seek assistance. If needed, parents should seek individual counseling to properly process their own fears about their child’s food allergies. Once they can manage their own emotions effectively, they will be better prepared to help their child do the same.
- Assure. Statements like, “We’ll get through this together,” help inspire confidence and hope in food-allergic children.
- Teach. Knowledge helps kids feel in control of their situation so parents should teach children about the nature of their allergies as well as how to read food labels, refuse food that could be risky, and (if appropriate) use their epinephrine auto injector.
- Develop a support system. Before school starts, parents should reach out to school officials (especially the child’s teacher and the school nurse) to help them understand their child’s food allergies and how reactions should be handled. That way, children can feel like they have trusted allies at school.
AllergyEasy also encourages parents to consult their doctor about the best path forward for their child. Their doctor can order a food allergy test kit to help patients know exactly what they are allergic to and discuss options to help desensitize children to various proteins in allergenic foods.
To learn more about the AllergyEasy turnkey testing and treatment program for pediatricians and family care physicians or its support for families of food-allergic children, visit www.AllergyEasy.com or call (877) 276-3393.
AllergyEasy helps allergy doctors around the country provide sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops) to their patients who suffer with allergies to pollen and food allergies (including dairy allergy, wheat allergy, nut allergy, fruit allergy and more.) AllergyEasy can connect patients to a doctor in their area who offers sublingual allergy treatment.
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