Every morning at Hollis Primary School, Ellen Lencsak, RN, visits “nut-safe classrooms” to check lunch boxes that students have brought to school. If she finds any food that has peanuts or tree nuts in it, or is processed in a facility that uses nuts of any kind, it is sent home and the school provides an alternative lunch or snack. Read the rest of this entry »
“Latex allergy is serious and increasingly common,” says Maeve O’Connor, MD, board-certified allergist from Charlotte, N.C. Most at risk are health care workers, children with spina bifida and others exposed to latex through multiple medical procedures or surgeries.
VIENNA, VA, MARCH 21, 2014 – Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA), a leading nonprofit patient education organization, is partnering with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to improve childhood asthma, allergy and anaphylaxis care nationwide.
You don’t want to take a chance, so you call 911 or go directly to the local hospital emergency room (ER).
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If your child has ever had a severe eczema flare-up, you are familiar with the inflamed, dry, thickened skin and constant, intense itching and scratching. Fortunately there are ways to ease symptoms.
An estimated 30 percent of the U.S. population experience eczema symptoms, according to the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Read the rest of this entry »
Flu season is at its peak in February, and it’s expected to last well into the spring months. This season has been particularly bad – according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), flu deaths have risen dramatically since mid-January, especially among young and middle-aged adults and children.
The most common virus this year is H1N1, responsible for the global pandemic in 2009.
VIENNA, VA, FEB. 19, 2014 – An over-the-counter (OTC) asthma inhaler up for approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) endangers patients by encouraging substandard treatment, according to Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA), a leading nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization.
On Feb. 25, FDA’s Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee and Read the rest of this entry »
In April 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance that could allow new generic quick-relief albuterol inhalers onto pharmacy shelves without dose counters, leaving asthma patients playing a dangerous guessing game.
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VIENNA, VA, FEB. 6, 2014 – First dates bring excitement, anticipation, a few nervous butterflies – maybe even a first kiss – but for people with food allergies, date planning requires more than deciding when to meet or what to wear.
“Since dating so often revolves around eating, it’s important that people with food allergies Read the rest of this entry »
Approximately 12 million Americans have a food allergy, including 4 million children.
Eight foods account for 90 percent of all reactions in the United States: cow’s milk, hen’s eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. Other food allergies range from avocados to yams.