For individuals with latex allergy, the challenge at restaurants is threefold. First, kitchen staff may use latex products such as gloves while preparing food. Second, a variety of foods have cross reactivity with latex proteins (termed Latex-Fruit Syndrome) that can induce anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction. Third, if you see latex balloons for parties or in banquet rooms, exit immediately. Only Mylar® balloons are safe. Read the rest of this entry »
Your child is no doubt eager to scare up a memorable Halloween costume and go trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, Halloween can be hazardous for kids – and grown-ups, too – who are at risk for an asthma flare-up or anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction.
When natural disasters happen, you may have only precious minutes to grab what you need for a few days, weeks, or longer. Read the rest of this entry »
VIENNA, VA, JUNE 2, 2014 – You’re back at work after a relaxing vacation, and by noon your head aches and the nagging cough returns. Is it stress? A virus? Or could you be allergic to something in the office?
Allergy testing and immunotherapy schemes continue to pop up in primary care practices across the country, exposing patients and families to substandard diagnosis and treatment as well as raising the potential for fraud.
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 »
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.
Like all the invisible ingredients in a deviled egg, inexpensive makeup can contain ghostly allergens. Test the products in a small area of skin days before to avoid unpleasant surprises or unwanted reactions.