If you have any sort of serious medical condition it is critical that you wear an engraved medical id. It’s important that it’s engraved and not painted because paint can wear off after time and anyone will always be able to read something that’s engraved. Below are some of the most important reasons for wearing an engraved medical id.

Life-threatening Allergic Reactions

Allergic reaction are the most common reasons why it’s important to wear a medical id, especially if those allergic reactions can be life-threatening. Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that results in your immune system releasing a sudden rush of chemicals that can cause your body to go into shock. Some of the common causes are bee stings and certain foods (most often tree nuts and fish). Your blood pressure drastically drops almost immediately and your airways begin to close up, which can make it impossible to breathe. Some of the symptoms can include changes in your pulse (either it can quicken or suddenly become very weak), developing a rash and nausea or vomiting.

Treating Symptoms Appropriately

A person can show many different kinds of symptoms, but without knowing what their medical condition it can be easy to mistreat them. If someone is having trouble being responsive and can’t answer questions easily someone may think they’re experiencing a stroke. However, if that person is a diabetic and they’re experiencing low blood sugar they can show these same kinds of symptoms.

Unnecessary Ambulance Rides

If someone is experiencing a medical emergency everyone’s first response is to call 911 and ask for an ambulance. Yes, in most situations this is the right course of action and can save someone’s life. However, if someone is having an anaphylactic reaction by the time they get into an ambulance their airways could be closed. If someone has anaphylaxis they most likely carry an EpiPen, and the most important thing to do is to give them an injection – not take a ride in an ambulance.