The Allergy & Asthma Network (AAN) has issued a list of suggested things college students returning to or beginning school should do before attending. Preparation is key, AAN says.
Preparing for the transition to college begins well before moving on to campus,” says Tonya Winders, MBA, CEO and President of Allergy & Asthma Network. That preparation begins with an updated Anaphylaxis Action Plan from an allergist.
Another thing to check, AAN says, are expiration dates on issued epinephrine auto-injectors.
“Search for food or latex allergy resources on campus,” says Nicholas Ditzler, founder of the Student Food Allergy Network, a student-run organization that raises awareness of food allergies on campus. Discuss needs with the chef at the dining hall and its dietitian. Find out what types of allergy safety they have in place.
Provide the residential hall advisor with your Anaphylaxis Action Plan and talk with your roommates and friends about your allergy. “Teach them how to use an epinephrine auto-injector, in case you are unable to administer it yourself,” says Andrea Holka, Anaphylaxis Community Experts (ACE) volunteer with Allergy & Asthma Network.