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 »
High humidity levels promote the growth of mold and dust mites – two common allergens associated with allergy and asthma symptoms – and without careful maintenance, humidifiers can be dangerous breeding grounds for bacteria. Read the rest of this entry »
Stephanie Leonard, MD, is a food allergy specialist at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego – and she also happens to have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts. Recently, Dr. Leonard ordered a pesto dish at a local restaurant; the server assured her it did not contain peanuts. A half-hour later, she started to experience anaphylactic symptoms. Dr. Leonard quickly pulled out an epinephrine auto-injector and administered the medication. She later followed up with her own doctor. Read the rest of this entry »
Allergists, immunologists and health care professionals from around the world convened at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) annual meeting Nov. 6-10 in Atlanta, addressing recent allergy and asthma research while branching out into related disease states such as eczema, urticaria, COPD and hereditary angioedema. Read the rest of this entry »
ATLANTA, GA (NOVEMBER 5, 2014) – Allergy & Asthma Network, a leading advocate for patients and their families, and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), which promotes excellence in the medical practice of allergy and immunology, announced a unique collaboration at the ACAAI’s 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta. Both membership organizations will combine their specialized expertise and skills to help patients manage chronic conditions while updating health care professionals, pharmacies and government officials about current best practices.
VIENNA, VA, OCT. 31, 2014 – Allergy & Asthma Network, a leading nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization, today commended New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing into law legislation that protects students who experience anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, in school.
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.
A team of 10-year-old boys skated onto the ice rink, hockey sticks in hand. Two minutes later, they returned to the bench for a breather. Several reached for their inhaler, lifted up their mask, and breathed in the medication.
The boys repeated this over and over again during the 60-minute hockey game – a sign that their asthma was not well controlled and they were having trouble catching their breath.
The first day of school brings out the jitters in everyone – even parents. If your child has food allergies, your anxieties may be multiplied. You want to ensure your child is safe within the school environment. Is this the time to consider a 504 Plan?
“All families have the right to request a 504 Plan evaluation,” says Kathleen McDarby, RN, MPH, project manager with Read the rest of this entry »
Eight-year-old Abigail arrives at school every morning with her green and pink polka-dot medical bag on her shoulder. Inside, she carries her asthma inhaler and an epinephrine auto-injector in case she experiences an allergic reaction to one of her food allergens: eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.
Abigail’s fourth-grade classmates are well aware of her asthma and food allergies. “The kids know it’s normal for her to carry her medicine,” her mom Jennifer, of Blue Ridge, Ga., says.