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How to make an allergy parent jump for joy!

  My son turned the big 1-0 this year. He's becoming an excellent human – some thanks to his parents – I like to think. We've been actively educating him on how to speak up about his food allergies for several years and we're seeing some fruits of our labor. Don't assume it's allergen free. Our primary school sells frozen yogurt twice a month as a fundraiser. We're new to the school so I called the school to ensure it was peanut free. Because it was served in school by the school I assumed it would be an easy question to answer...truthfully, I was only going through the motions and setting a diligent example for my son. The response I...

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This is why peanuts are not nuts

  ARE PEANUTS A NUT OR A LEGUME? Peanuts are part of the legume family and are not a nut. The simple definition of a legume is a dried fruit contained within a shed or pod that is typically cultivated for food. The most well-known legumes are peas, beans, and peanuts. Peanuts share similar proteins to those of other legumes. This is why some people who are allergic to peanuts are also allergic to chickpeas and other legumes. However, this is not common. WHY AREN'T PEANUTS A NUT? Tree nuts are defined as nuts that grow on shrubs or trees. The specific nuts included on the tree nut list is defined in the FDA's list of tree nuts.   It's all up...

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Everything you need to know about the AUVI-Q auto-injector

I'm super excited that the AUVI-Q is back on the market and I bet you are too. I got used to my little guy dropping his auto-injector into his coat pocket and heading out the door.  I'm especially pleased because I built my business on designing and selling AUVI-Q accessories. CarryNine exists because I was inspired by the size and shape of AUVI-Q.  So whether you are new to allergies or just looking to find out more about what the AUVI-Q is all about, I'll walk you through the details about the new epipen type device. Let's explore the AUVI-Q device The AUVI-Q auto-injector is a medical device which automatically injects epinephrine.  Epinephrine is used during anaphylaxis for people with...

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New to allergies? 7 Things you need to know about anaphylaxis

Whether you've just discovered you have an allergy to bee stings or maybe your best friend's toddler is allergic to eggs, you're probably anxious and looking for answers. I'm not going to lie - anaphylaxis is serious and scary. But it can be managed by being prepared and avoiding allergens. I'll explain what it means to have anaphylaxis and how to live with it. 1  Let's start with defining anaphylaxis (or anaphylactic shock) an·a·phy·lax·is, (noun). pronounced anna-fill-axis   Anaphylaxis is defined as a serious allergic reaction that has a rapid onset and may cause death. The symptoms typically come on over minutes to hours. Most people don't realize they have an allergy until they experience anaphylaxis. You wouldn't be alone...

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New AUVI-Q Holster: One Accessory that Can Save Your Life

        Auvi-Q Case Clips onto Your Belt Like a Cell Phone We're proud to announce the addition of another member of the CarryNine family - The AUVI-Q Holster! This leather AUVI-Q case was inspired by the Blackberry holster. Just like all CarryNine designs, the AUVI-Q Holster combines things you carry everyday with your medicine. The case holds 1 AUVI-Q and a credit card or two.  The AUVI-Q Holster slips through your belt or clips directly onto your pants or bag. The steel spring clip is super robust and has some serious staying power. Once it's clipped onto your pants, it's not coming off until you take it off...even lasts through washroom breaks (tested - it's true)!  ...

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