September 12-12-12 project forced me to re-examine my assumptions. I ASSUMED allergies were not as valid of a health concern as say MS or vestibular disorders.
ASSUMPTIONS CANNOT EXIST when they are overwhelmed by facts. So let’s break any assumptions we may have about the severity of allergies.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, here are a few facts.
- Food allergies account for 30,000 visits to the emergency room each year.
- Exposure to latex allergen alone is responsible for over 200 cases of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions) each year.
- Nearly 400 Americans die each year due to drug allergies from penicillin.
- More than 200 deaths occur each year due to food allergies.
- The annual cost of allergies is estimated to be nearly $14.5 billion.
Now that we have dispelled the myth that allergies are not a serious health concern let’s move onto the next step, understanding.
How many of you will openly admit you dismiss the sign hanging in your doctor’s office that reads…
“Be courteous of other patients and don’t use scented lotions or perfumes.”
12-12-12 project member Sarah Mills shares with us the important lesson on understanding…
Severe allergies are not as understood as much as they should be, partly because you just don’t hear about it. A lot of patients are tucked away, hidden away in a little bubble, basically because they have to be.
If someone says to you, “Can you alter your ways because it affects me?” do it. It makes such a difference.
p.s. Thank you Sarah for being open enough to help dispel incorrect assumptions myself or others that have come across this blog have held!