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LIFE HAPPENS. Be Prepared.®

Being prepared means having a plan to:

  • Avoid known allergens
  • Know what symptoms to watch for
  • Use an EpiPen® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injector if a life-threatening (severe) allergic reaction occurs
  • Get emergency medical help right away

Wherever summer takes you, keep these tips in mind.

Whether you’re on a vacation or a staycation, it’s important to remember these 4 steps, and to bring your EpiPen® Auto-Injectors wherever you go.

It’s also important to be aware of the challenges and surprises that specific triggers can bring. Here are some tips for summer sorted by trigger:

Food allergies:

Know what ingredients are in summertime recipes, and:

  • Pack food separately
  • Provide serving utensils for each food separately
  • Use a plastic tablecloth on picnic tables to avoid food allergens that may have been left on the table
  • Cook items on a fresh piece of aluminum foil—especially on a park barbecue or grill

Stinging insects:

Stay aware of your surroundings, and:

  • To avoid insect stings when dining outdoors, don’t wear bright colors, perfume or open-toe shoes; watch out for insects inside straws or canned drinks; and avoid loose-fitting clothing, which can trap insects next to your skin. Also, make sure to have any bee, wasp or hornet nests and fire ant mounds removed by professionals.

Biting insects:

Review and use the tips for stinging insects above, and:

  • Use insect repellent to help keep many insects away

Tips compiled from information from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI).

Hit the open road…with a plan.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of freedom when you jump in the car for a summer road trip. However, if you or your family members have potentially life-threatening allergies, it’s important to have an anaphylaxis action plan in place.

We can’t stress it enough: In addition to avoiding your allergens, always have your EpiPen® Auto-Injectors within reach. A life-threatening (severe) allergic reaction can be unpredictable, and can happen anywhere at any time.

Learn how to make your own anaphylaxis action plan here.