A new study suggests many kids with severe, potentially deadly allergies are not getting the medication they need right away.
Maya Alony never leaves her house without her Epipen.
The 18-year-old has had several life-threatening reactions known as anaphylaxis and has had to inject herself.
However, many kids prescribed Epinephrine do not get this medication as soon as they need it. A new study looked at about 400 children who went to the ER or urgent care for anaphylaxis. Less than half had been given Epinephrine before they arrived, even though many had a history of anaphylaxis.
One-third of patients prescribed Epinephrine in the study did not have their injectors when they had their allergic reaction.
Maya had a severe reaction once and didn't have her medication with her. Since then, she always carries it with her, something she encourages any sufferer to do and she says nobody should be afraid to use it.
Allergists say an action plan should be in place so patients and loved ones know exactly what to do in the event of a severe allergic reaction.