If you’ve seen those little engraved bracelets on people, you may be wondering what they are for. Those are personalized medical ID bracelets, and their purpose is to tell people the individual wearing them has a chronic illness or severe allergy. This is vital in the event they are unable to speak for themselves, so that no mistakes are made. But who exactly needs these?
People with Allergies
People who have severe allergies to either food or medications should wear a medical ID bracelet. Severe allergy sufferers typically use something called an EpiPen, but not everyone will need one of these. Sometimes, ID bracelets will tell you what type of reaction the person has to the listed offender, but even if it doesn’t, it should be assumed the allergy is severe.
The most common food allergens include peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, fish, shell fish, eggs, and wheat. These are called the seven common food allergies. A person can be allergic to any food, however. They can also be allergic to any medication, although the most common offenders include antibiotics like penicillin.
People with Chronic Conditions
An individual with a chronic condition meaning a condition they will never recover from may need a personalized bracelet. This helps alert emergency personnel to check for that issue first or be aware that the person has that condition and may not be able to have certain things. A person with Celiac Disease, for example, can not be given anything containing gluten products like wheat, barley, rye, etc.
A few of the chronic conditions people may need an ID bracelet for include (but are certainly not limited to):
-diabetes or hypoglycemia
-Any Condition Causing Seizures, like Epilepsy
– Blood Disorders
-Dementia or Alzheimer’s