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Back to School This Year is Far From Back to Normal for Kids With Allergies and Asthma

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Students will have new protocols in place as they try to keep allergies and asthma under control. ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 28, 2020) – Sending kids back to school at the end of summer is a ritual many parents look forward to. This year as cases of COVID-19 surge in many communities, parents are asking themselves not only what will the school year look like – remote, in-person or a hybrid? – but how will they keep their child and their family safe. Adding allergies and asthma to the risks being faced adds another layer of concern. “Lots of school...

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What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks and Coverings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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As we all return to work, school and public places, face coverings and masks have become essential tools in our fight against COVID-19 (the new coronavirus). But wearing a face covering raises many questions for people with asthma. Why Do We Need to Wear Face Masks or Coverings During the COVID-19 Pandemic? Physical distancing (also known as social distancing) helps slow the spread of COVID-19. So why do we need to wear face coverings? Studies have shown many people have COVID-19 and don’t show symptoms. Or they may have the virus a few days before they show symptoms. The purpose...

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Managing Food Allergies and Asthma in Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Schools face major challenges as they reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. To help reduce the spread of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 among staff and students, schools will follow new policies and practices. This causes many parents to wonder how this will affect their child with food allergies or asthma.  In most school districts, we can expect to see policies about face coverings or masks, physical distancing and cleaning. These new policies may affect how schools handle food allergies. But in most cases, the impact on kids with food allergies should be minor. In fact, some policies may...

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Living with Allergies (Part 3)

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What to Do in an Emergency If someone is having an anaphylactic reaction, follow these 5 emergency steps: Give epinephrine (e.g. EpiPen® ) at the first sign of a known or suspected anaphylactic reaction. Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency medical services and tell them that someone is having an anaphylactic reaction. Give a second dose of epinephrine as early as 5 minutes after the first dose if there is no improvement in symptoms. Go to the nearest hospital right away (ideally by ambulance), even if symptoms are mild or have stopped. The reaction could get worse or come back. Call emergency contact...

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Living with Allergies (Part 2)

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Be Ready to Treat an Allergic Reaction Even at home it’s good to have a plan, so everyone is prepared if there is a reaction. An Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan can be shared with extended family, housemates, babysitters or anyone else who comes into your home. All family members and caregivers should know how and when to use an epinephrine auto-injector. Have up-to-date auto-injectors and know where to find them. Keep your auto-injectors and any other medications recommended by your doctor handy. Make sure they are out of reach of young children and that family members know where they are kept....

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