Situation Food Allergy: Do you replace the epinephrine?

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Situation Food Allergy. Do you replace the epinephrine?

BLOG POST #150 — It’s a 95 degree Summer day, and you and three children are driving to your favorite beach vacation spot. About 6 hours into the drive, you decide to stop at a restaurant for something to eat. 

You get out of the car, and that’s when your 12-year-old son, who is allergic to peanuts, says to you: “Mom, can you open the trunk? My AUVI-Qs are in there.”

"You put them in the trunk?" you say disappointedly. You immediately open the trunk and remove his backpack. As you suspect, the epinephrine is very hot from the long drive. 

You examine the solution and can’t really tell if the heat effected it at all. The solution looks clear. Sort of. You just filled the prescription earlier in the week so now you're in a bind. 

You’re going to be away from home for a week, and now you’re worried that the AUVI-Qs were in the hot trunk for too long. 

What do you do?

JJ Vulopas is a rising senior at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at and follow him @thelandofcan on Twitter and Instagram.