Travel to Japan?

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   Posted 10/28/2010 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
My 16 year old daughter has an opportunity to travel to Kyoto, Japan on a school-related trip. She has severe allergies to nuts and has been hospitalized once for a reaction. Although she is very conscientious about checking ingredients and notifying waiters, ovbiously a foreign counrty and a long airplane trip present new challenges.
Does anyone have any advice for a trip like this?  I was hoping I could figure out a way to explain her allergies on a small card in English on one side an Japanese on the other.  Also, what about the health care system there?  Do they have similar levels of allergies in their population, thus supporting the experience to treat her if she did have a reaction?
I haven't told her she can go on this trip yet because I'm worried about the allergies.  I'd appreciate any advice.

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   Posted 10/28/2010 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
That's a tough one Blitz. I have never been to Japan so I can't really answer your question. But what if you were to ask her doctor's advice? Does she have an epi pen? Me, personally, would not allow my daughter to go. There are so many unknown variables that I would probably be a nervous wreck knowing that my daughter was over there and not where I could watch out for her. If you really want her to go and she really wants to go, perhaps talk to her teachers to see if they could screen for possible nuts in everything before she eats something?
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   Posted 10/28/2010 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   

Doesn't FAAN have a service or maybe just a link for getting food allergy information translated into languages other than English? Try going to their web site (FAAN stands for Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, I believe) and see what you can find there.


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   Posted 10/28/2010 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Look at getting an medic alert bracelet, it's internationally known, for a just incase emergency
situation, google Medic alert.
Will Hope everything goes good on the trip, sure wish I could've offered better advise.
Percycat and Sherry gave good info, look into that and I think the translation cards are a very good idea...
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