We all know of medical devices you can carry to help stop an allergic reaction.
But what if you could prevent one from happening in the first place?
Companies are developing allergy testing devices designed to test the food you eat or even the air you breathe, to determine if allergens are present. There’s a device called the Nima Sensor, it tests for gluten. If you sneeze or wheeze every time you step outside, the TZOA “Enviro-Tracker” measures air quality and this is a protype of the allergy amulet. It’ll hit the market next year.
You can wear it around your neck or take it with you to:
- People’s homes
A disposable strip tests for traces of:
- Tree nuts
The co-founder of the food allergy science initiative says she sees these devices as promising, but would like to see “real validation studies”. To prove their efficacy, both Nima Sensor and the allergy amulet tells us third-party testing is in the works.
The allergy group also cautions about “cross-contamination” issues and possible “human error”. The device makers say they are an extra layer of protection, just one tool in the safety toolbelt.
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