AllergySmartz App Tutorial

Hey #FAL Family!

We hope you’ve enjoyed your summer vacation! We have been working on many surprises for you!

Check out today’s VIDEO, a tutorial for the AllergySmartz App – our revolutionary tool for travelers with food allergies! Enjoy!

Summer Break!

Hey FALowers! 

We hope you are enjoying your summer travels and are finding the update to AllergySmartz useful in conveying your food allergies abroad.

Just as you have all embarked on your vacations, FAL will be going on a Summer Break as well. Therefore, there will not be new posts for awhile, but when we return expect all-new content and some surprises too!

If you want to see something in particular when FAL returns: a certain language added to AllergySmartz, or a blog post on a specific topic, let us know! Email us at allergysmartz@gmail.com. We love hearing from you!

Safe travels FAL Family🙂

AllergySmartz App Update

It’s Summer! All set for your next vacation? The AllergySmartz App is all ready for your use – with four new languages just added: Chinese, Bahasa Malay, Filipino, & Romanian!

AllergySmartz is a mobile app that overcomes language barriers to communicate food allergies and safety precautions for safe food preparation to chefs, in a variety of languages.

AllergySmartz currently features the top allergens (milk, egg, wheat, soy, peanuts, legumes/pulses, tree nuts, fish, shellfish [mollusks/crustaceans], mustard, and sesame) and 16 languages to translate the allergy warning statements both to and from (English, Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Vietnamese, French, German, Italian, Romanian, Filipino, Hungarian, Bahasa Indonesian, & Bahasa Malay)

AllergySmartz allows users to delve into any culture, sampling various international cuisines while still feeling comfortable.

AllergySmartz can be used anywhere on the globe – it requires NO internet access!

Download AllergySmartz on the iTunes or Google Play Store TODAY!

Google Play: https://goo.gl/qM0ZZ9
iTunes: https://goo.gl/dsti2N

How to Pack your EpiPen

1. Don’t put them in your check in! Though the temperature in the lower deck probably won’t ruin your EpiPens, when traveling abroad, especially internationally, you don’t want to risk it!

2. Put your EpiPens in the carry on! You don’t want to risk not having the EpiPens while in the air. (Packing them in your carry on is also a great way to make sure the temperature won’t affect it).

3. Pack in sets! If you carry both Benadryl and Epipen for example put them in ziploc bags as sets. That way, if they ask you to check a bag you can easily rearrange your suitcase without loosing the medicine!

4. Bring extra! Hopefully you’ll stay safe the entire trip – but especially if you’re abroad you don’t want to risk not having one if you need it.

5. Bring a doctors note! Most parts of the world know what an EpiPen is and won’t create problems. But if they do it’s good to have a doctors note so you can make sure you can take it on the flight.

Safe Travels FAL!

Welcome our New Writer, Arul!

Hey #FAL Family!

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our official new writer – Arul Nigam.

Arul is currently our Public Relations Strategist, but being the talented writer he is, he has also been a Guest Blogger on our site before. Arul is a young, enthusiastic writer, and has won awards for excellence in writing at state-level competitions.

Here are a few select posts he has written for us so far.

 

Arul’s posts have received a tremendous response – you guys LOVE what he writes!

Therefore, he will now be one of the two Official Content Producers for FAL!

Stay tuned for his upcoming posts!

A Letter to Family

Here at FAL we want to educate as many people about food allergies as we can.

Sometimes family members are not very accommodating of food allergies, especially elderly relatives. It’s not because they don’t care, they do, they simply don’t understand.  Today, we have for you a letter template to fill out and send to relatives before you meet them. Here it is!

Dear [NAME OF RELATIVE],

There are few others in this world who love (NAME OF CHILD) as dearly as you do. We are thankful that you are such an important part of his/her life.

As you know [NAME OF CHILD] is allergic to [ALLERGEN]. Therefore, I wanted to discuss with you briefly what [ALLERGEN] allergies mean.

What the food allergy means is that [NAME OF CHILD] body treats even a minuscule amount of  [ALLERGEN] as an enemy. If [NAME OF CHILD] eats or is exposed to [ALLERGEN] he/she can get very sick.

[ALLERGEN] allergies are NOT a disease. [NAME OF CHILD] is a normal, active child.  

The signs of an allergic reaction are:

  •       abdominal pain or cramps
  •       diarrhea
  •       difficulty breathing
  •       difficulty swallowing
  •       dizziness
  •       fear or anxiety
  •       flushing of the face
  •       heart palpitations
  •       itchy red spots (hives) on the skin
  •       itchy/watery eyes
  •       loss of consciousness
  •       nasal congestion
  •       nausea/vomiting
  •       pain or tightness in the chest
  •       scratchy throat
  •       swelling of the face, eyes, or tongue
  •       wheezing

Sometimes, exposure to an allergen could cause the windpipe to swell up, and the blood pressure to drop dangerously low.  This could develop just seconds after exposure to [ALLERGEN]. An allergic reaction is an EMERGENCY…it needs to be addressed IMMEDIATELY! If left untreated, it could be fatal within minutes.

When we meet, we can talk about what the course of action is, if this were to happen to [NAME OF CHILD].

It is for this reason that I view and handle [NAME OF CHILD] diet very differently.

While at times it may seem I am very overprotective of him/her with regards to food, or it may seem I am not letting [NAME OF CHILD] savor and enjoy food like other children, I HAVE TO DO THIS in order to keep [NAME OF CHILD] safe.

I am requesting your support for while we are together, so that while having a good time, together we can do everything to minimize the risk of an allergic reaction.

For reasons due to allergy, he/she may miss out on a family recipe or other goodies. Regardless of the food, he/she always enjoys being around you.

If you would like to cook using a recipe that is allergy safe for [NAME OF CHILD], please let me know what you need. I will get the allergy safe ingredients. Having food cooked by [RELATIONSHIP OF CHILD TO RELATIVE] is always so special and I am sure [NAME OF CHILD] will always treasure this.

We are looking forward to the visit. Thank you for honoring this request.

Warm regards,

[PARENT/GUARDIAN NAME]

Airline Travel Tips #2

Loved the tips we shared in Installment #1 of Travel Tips? Then today’s your lucky day!! Here’s installment #2 –

You’re bound to get hungry on a flight – especially if you’re going international. If your on a 14 hr flight sometimes snacks won’t suffice – thankfully there are a couple options for you to make sure you have an allergy safe meal aboard.

1. Fruit Platter: Upon special request many airlines offer a fruit platter. The fruit platter is usually great for people with food allergies because rather than the currys, noodles, and pastas it’s pretty clear what allergens the plate contains or may contain. The only thing to note about the platter is you must put in a special request before your flight otherwise they might not have it on board!

2. Cup A Noodles / Chicken Bullion Soup: For Nut-Allergic people like me these “to-go” soups/pastas are great options! All you have to do is ask a flight attendant to bring you a cup of hot water, pour it into your to-go noodles cup, and you’re ready to enjoy a nice, hot and filling meal on the flight!

3. Bread! Whether the flight attendants bring out bread in a basket or they give you a roll with your meal, bread is one of the most common food items you get on the flight! Though one should always read the label to make sure you are safe and comfortable, it’s good to know that the bread is almost always safe. Bread for flights is mass produced and airlines rarely treat their passengers to a “lap of luxury” type meal with fancy nut breads – those are more expensive. So if they label checks out well on these breads, your most likely safe to enjoy them!