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‘Food Allergies’

Allergy-Safe On Halloween? Happy Haunting

Published October - 30 - 2014

HappyHauntingYour 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.

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Advocating For Students With Food Allergies

Published April - 4 - 2014

LencsakEvery 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’s Link To Food

Published April - 4 - 2014

FoodLatex“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.

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Epi In the ER

Published March - 20 - 2014

epiERFirst come the hives … just a little rash on the cheek. Then a tingly sensation in the mouth … and a cough. Were there nuts in that cookie? Is this an allergic reaction? Anaphylaxis?

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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Dating Tips For People With Food Allergies

Published February - 7 - 2014

Dating_FoodAllergyVIENNA, 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 »

Is It Food Allergies?

Published February - 6 - 2014

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.

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Scout’s Honor: Anaphylaxis Awareness!

Published July - 25 - 2013

Inclusive. Supportive. Respecting boundaries. Responsibility for what we say and do.

These are all words and phrases to describe how to be a good friend. They’re also valuable life lessons that Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Daisy Scout Troop 636 learned during a recent troop meeting about being kind and considerate to people with life-threatening food allergies.

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ACE Team Spotlight: Food For Thought!

Published January - 30 - 2013

By Gary Fitzgerald

One chef drizzled coconut ginger sauce on a plate of rice pudding. Another blended papaya, mango, honeydew and strawberries into an ambrosia salad. A third topped a sugary gelatin with a fresh pineapple slice.

A scene from the reality TV cooking show “Top Chef”?

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Ask the Allergist: Oral Allergy Syndrome

Published May - 17 - 2012

By Richard Weber, MD

Q: Sometimes my mouth tingles when I eat melons – is this a food allergy?

A: It’s a kind of allergy called oral allergy syndrome, tied to the fact that some fruit and vegetable proteins are genetic cousins to certain pollens, like ragweed. Read the rest of this entry »

By Dana Wallace, MD

Q. How can I tell when to use auto-injectable epinephrine? I don’t want to use it or go to the hospital if it’s not necessary.

A. There is no way to predict how severe an anaphylaxis episode might become, so the time to begin treatment is when symptoms first develop. Read the rest of this entry »