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Skin rash, tingling in the mouth and throat, circulatory problems: Even a single peanut can cause these symptoms if you have an allergy. So-called anaphylactic shock can even be life-threatening. Good preparation helps ensure that peanut allergies do not cause any incidents on vacation. This is especially true for families with an allergic child, says nutrition specialist Yvonne Braun of the Nut Anaphylaxis Network (NAN).
Good preparation includes the following three measures:
Before the journey begins, the affected families should check the medical care there. Is a doctor’s office – or a hospital – easily accessible? This information can be crucial if you experience a severe allergic shock on vacation. “It is also important to take out up-to-date travel health insurance for family members and ensure that it covers the costs even in the event of severe allergic reactions,” advises Yvonne Braun. So there is no unpleasant surprise – not even financially.
“Are there peanuts in this meal?”: It makes sense to know this sentence in the language of the destination country. Terms such as doctor’s office, allergies or pharmacy can also help affected families to communicate in an emergency. The Nut Anaphylaxis Network recommends translation applications on smartphones.
People with disabilities should also have an allergy card and an emergency medication kit available when they are outside. Good to know: A travel medical card is required for an adrenaline autoinjector that includes a syringe to be allowed on an aircraft. According to Braun nutrition counselor, it is best to have them with you in English.
“In addition, the adrenaline autoinjector is temperature sensitive,” warns Braun. It can be stored up to a maximum of 25 degrees to maintain its effect. If you have a special cooler bag with you, you are well equipped on holiday.