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Why should people with peanut allergies wear medical alert devices?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If you have a severe allergic reaction to peanuts, you should wear a medical alert device. In case of an emergency, medical alert necklace or bracelet can help emergency workers identify and treat the emergency more efficiently. A medical alert bracelet or necklace states the name of the person who wears it, what his or her allergy is, and perhaps even emergency instructions. Peanut allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis, which can cause unconsciousness and even death, so it's important that people with peanut allergies wear medical alert devices.

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