#Autism, #Anxiety and Epipens

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I’m really concerned about Elliott and this new allergy.  We’re still waiting to hear from the doctor, as she likes to personally call and explain things.

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Having said that, when the nurse informed us of the results, she said that Elliott’s numbers were extremely high and that he can’t have any contact with almonds.

What we don’t know yet is exactly what this means. We don’t know whether or not other tree nuts are on the list and just how carefully these need to be avoided. It does look as though he will need to carry an epipen on his person at all times.



Needless to say, this complicates our already complicated lives and has increased Elliott’s anxiety.  🙁

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  • rmagliozzi says:

    We have two nut allergies and the epi-pen too. Until you get explicit instructions regarding what packaged foods are safe, you might want to avoid nuts altogether, and if it says it was processed in a facility with almonds or nuts, be careful. I was scared about the whole epi-pen thing but now I’m used to it. It took awhile. We talked with him and explained what the signs of anaphylaxis were, and how if he was having a reaction and didn’t get the benedryl and epi-pen right away it could kill him.  If you can carry liquid benedryl too with you, sometimes it can stop the reaction before it gets to the anaphylaxis and you have no choice but to use the Epi-pen. We had some close calls, but the benedryl always kicked in right away. He gets the the tingly throat thing too and starts coughing. You will probably want the teacher/aide in his classroom to have an epi-pen as well. Better safe than sorry. There are alot of food allergy associations online and if you search for it, you might find a local chapter you guys can join to get more information and support.  I hope Elliot outgrows the allergy. They are so not fun.