Online toolkit offers resources for coping with food allergies

McLean, VA – A new online resource is available to help people who have serious food allergies.

Released Oct. 6, the anaphylaxis toolkit – created by nonprofit organization Food Allergy Research & Education in partnership with the American College of Emergency Physicians – is intended to help patients after they are discharged from the emergency department following treatment for an allergic reaction to food or other trigger. The toolkit includes instructions on what to do in the case of severe or mild symptoms.

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction. Symptoms can include rash, difficulty breathing and hives.

The toolkit also features reminders for refilling epinephrine auto-injector prescriptions and seeing an allergist, as well as resources for parents, teens and other adults.

About 15 million Americans have food allergies, which send more than 200,000 people to emergency departments every year, FARE stated in a press release.