Get 911 & Other Help
When you have food allergies, you try avoid your allergens but sometimes you collide with them out of the blue. The Allergy Force app connects you to emergency help when you're having an allergic reaction.
When you have severe food allergies, you need to be prepared 24:7 for an anaphylactic reaction** — a potentially life threatening emergency which may or may not ever happen.
Epinephrine is the first line of defense against an anaphylactic reaction**. It should be administered quickly. Epi first. Epi fast. Every second counts when you're trying to stop a reaction from building momentum like a runaway train. You also need to get medical help ASAP, since you may need monitoring, additional doses of epinephrine, and other medication.
The Allergy Force app puts a 911 emergency call capability at your fingertips, as well as quick access to your emergency contacts.
Here’s a step-by-step overview of how the app helps you reach emergency help when you're having a reaction.
1. A red 911 call button is at the top of important emergency pages and key landing pages in the app. Look for it!
2. Just tap the button and and follow the prompts. (Note: Images are for iPhone. Android displays may look a little different, but work similarly. )
3. It's important to set up your emergency contact list and communications preferences as soon as you download the app. You will be prompted to do this as soon as you download the app. Please do this right away!
First decide if you want your emergency contacts to be notified by text when you call 911.
You can choose to automatically send a text to them to let them know you've called 911,
4. Next, if you do want to automatically send your emergency contacts a text when you call 911, pre-select which message to send.
Choose either Allergy Force's prepared text, OR
Create your own custom message.
The text about your 911 call includes a map of your location, too, when it's sent.
5. Pre-select which emergency contacts you want to receive your emergency text message when you call 911 — all the contacts you've listed, or just a select few.
To set up emergency contacts you will need to allow the Allergy Force app to access your contact list.
Allergy Force does not do anything with your phone's contacts other than saving the specific contacts you select to your personal emergency contact list in the app.
You can add as many contacts to your emergency contact list as you would like.
You can choose to send the emergency text to as many emergency contacts as you'd like.
These emergency features are ‘Free Forever’ for you, because when you're reacting, you need help and every second counts.
"The Allergy Force app is like having an 'allergy mom' in your pocket — especially when you're managing an allergic reaction."
—Gayle Rigione, CEO and Co-founder, Allergy Force
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…empowering you to live your best life with food allergies.
The purpose of the App User Guide series of posts is to educate the food allergy community about the Allergy Force food allergy app — what it can do, how it works, how to get the most out of it. We're committed to helping you live freely with food allergies — with less fear, less anxiety, more confidence — through technology and education. Our app is peace of mind in your pocket.
** What is anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis occurs when your body launches an all out immune response to something you're allergic to — such as a food, an insect sting, latex or a medication. The response can take seconds to minutes to build momentum after exposure, and sometimes it could take even longer. Symptoms can include:
Skin: Hives and itching and flushed or pale skin
Heart: Low blood pressure (hypotension), a weak and rapid pulse, dizziness or fainting, shock
Lungs & Airways: Shortness of breath, wheezing, repetitive coughing, chest tightness or chest pain
Mouth: Obstructive swelling of the tongue and/or lips
Stomach: Nausea, stomach pain, vomiting or diarrhea
Brain: Feeling of impending doom, anxiety, headache
Always follow your anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan (aka 'Emergency Action Plan')
to the letter, if you think you're having an allergic reaction.