Ethan was diagnosed with an anaphylactic peanut allergy when he was eighteen months old. He had a severe reaction to just a taste of peanut butter. His face turned red and blotchy with severe hives. His face and his tongue immediately began to swell and he choked and gasped for breath. In this brief moment, everything about Ethan’s life and ours changed forever.
Ethan has a peanut allergy so severe that on a scale of 1-100 he is greater than 100. In addition, he has asthma so serious that he uses steroid and long acting inhalers each day. These two factors mean that if he is ever exposed to any kind of peanuts or their residue he could suffer anaphylactic shock. Without expert and quick assistance (his Epi-pens and the ER) he could die. This joyous boy, so full of life and energy, lives every day with a condition that could cause his death.
Ethan was fitted with his first medical ID bracelet from Lauren's Hope at age 2. His allergy bracelets give the paramedics and EMT's all the information they need to know in the case of a life threatening reaction. Ethan LOVES his Lauren's Hope allergy bracelets and takes great pride in choosing them and showing them to all his friends. With a condition full of so many frightening things this has been the part he loves best!
Physicians believe that a peanut allergy is the worst allergy to have. When coupled with asthma it can be fatal. For Ethan, peanuts are potentially lethal. He has severe asthma and a life threatening peanut allergy (registering at the highest level on tests). Peanut products are everywhere in our society. Because of this hidden allergen, no matter how vigilant we are we still have a fear of what we can’t see and what we don’t know about. Peanuts, their powder, oil, and residue, could all be lethal for Ethan.