Allergy Medical Alert Bracelets & Jewelry

Last Updated: Sept. 14, 2020

People wear medical ID jewelry for three main reasons:

  • They have a medical condition that could cause a medical emergency.
  • They have a medical condition that EMTs, first responders, and other medical professionals need to know about in an emergency.
  • They provide care for someone with either of the above.

Allergies fit into all three categories. They are serious medical conditions that can both cause an emergency situation or be triggered during standard treatments, making allergy medical alerts vitally important.

Infographic showing what to engrave on an allergy medical alert bracelet

Common Questions About Allergy Alert Medical Jewelry

Looking for an allergy medical alert bracelet? We’re here to help answer all the most frequently asked questions about buying allergy alert bracelets or necklaces.

Why do I need to wear an allergy alert medical ID?

If you have allergies, a medical ID bracelet or necklace can be vital in an emergency situation:

  • If you have food or drug allergies, unexpected exposure or ingestion can result in fast, severe reactions including anaphylactic shock.
  • If you have latex allergies or drug allergies, you could be exposed to them during standard treatment by first responders in an emergency. EMTs and other medical professionals need to know what to avoid in order to protect you.
  • An allergy alert is there to communicate your allergies and treatment protocol in the event that you cannot advocate for yourself.

What kinds of allergies do people wear medical IDs for?

The most common reasons for wearing an allergy alert are food allergies and drug allergies such as these, though there are, of course, many more:

Do I Need an Allergy Alert?

People often ask, particularly when they have only ever experienced a mild reaction, whether they need an allergy alert. For example, someone might ask whether they need a latex allergy alert bracelet because they are careful to avoid latex and therefore wonder if it is necessary.

Unfortunately, latex, like any allergen, is simply not always avoidable, and a severe reaction can rapidly impair your ability to communicate. That’s where a latex allergy bracelet can help. Latex exposure can happen from something as simple as being surprised by a bundle of latex balloons in an elevator, and it can happen during emergency medical treatment, such as from a car accident.

This is why the Mayo Clinic recommends people with allergies wear medical IDs. “...a medical alert bracelet (or necklace) lets others know that you have a serious allergy in case you have a reaction and you're unable to communicate.” You simply never know when a reaction might happen.

How do I order an allergy medical alert ID?

It’s easy to order a custom-engraved medical ID. Because we custom engrave all of our medical ID jewelry, the allergy alert one person might wear for a penicillin allergy is the same med ID another person might wear for an allergy to tree nuts. Here’s how to order an allergy alert medical ID:

1. Choose the medical ID you like.
2. Measure your wrist, and provide us with a snug, not tight, measurement of your wrist size.
3. List out your engraving information. See below for engraving tips!
4. Check out, and go!

What should I engrave on an allergy alert medical ID?

When engraving your medical ID, it’s important to include the basics:

  • Name
  • Medical conditions
  • Allergies
  • Treatment considerations or restrictions
  • Emergency contact information
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However, with an allergy alert bracelet or necklace, if space allows, it’s also a good idea to list any unusual symptoms you might display and explain what to do in an emergency. For example, spell out whether you should be given Benadryl or Epinephrine. Note whether you carry an Epipen or other autoinjector. State whether/when 911 should be called.

*In 2020, Lauren’s Hope conducted a non-incentivized, independent survey of more than 100 EMTs, paramedics, and other medical first responders.