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Sanofi US Offers a New Way to Say "Thank You" and Recognize the Unsung Heroes of Severe Allergy Awareness
Date:3/14/2013

for anaphylaxis, although the precise incidence is unknown and likely underreported. Numerous studies indicate that the rate of anaphylaxis has increased in recent years, pointing to the need for greater awareness.

It is critical that not only the individuals at risk for anaphylaxis and their immediate family members are aware of their allergens and how to help prevent severe allergic reactions, but that others in their community are as well, including teachers, friends, coaches and co-workers.

"As a physician and someone at risk for anaphylaxis myself, I can tell you first-hand how reassuring others' awareness about my severe allergies can be," said Dr. Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo , a pediatric allergist, national expert in anaphylaxis and consultant to Sanofi US. "There are a number of people in my life who work to help ensure that I'm safe from my allergens and I look forward to recognizing them."

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About Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis (pronounced ana-fuh-lax-is) is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction that happens quickly and may cause death. Life-threatening allergic reactions may occur as a result of exposure to allergens including foods such as peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, dairy, eggs, soy and wheat; insect stings; latex and medication, among other allergens and causes. Food is the most commonly identified anaphylaxis trigger and accounts for 30 percent of all anaphylaxis fatalities.

The signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis can vary from person to person and from one episode to the next. Some people may have hives/itching, facial or tongue swelling, which makes it difficult to breath or swallow, while others may experience nausea and vomiting. These symptoms may begin wi
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