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‘Food Allergies’

Fooled Allergies: Finding Truth and Confidence

Published August - 30 - 2011

Food labeling laws and peanut-free ballparks are a few signs there’s much greater awareness of food allergies nowadays. But are things really getting any better for our kids?

My daughter Brooke grew up owning food allergies, anaphylaxis, the whole bit. Yes, I was scared at first — terrified, really. She was a baby! With asthma,
rhinitis, eczema and reflux disease! Sick and malnourished!

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Ask the Allergist: Itching for Chocolate?

Published May - 12 - 2011

By Bradley Chipps, MD

Q: Is there any such thing as chocolate allergy?

A: If there is, it’s very, very rare. More likely it’s milk or nuts in the candy that people are allergic to. Read the rest of this entry »

All in Good Taste: Spread Out a Safe Picnic

Published October - 5 - 2009

picnicby Christie Chapman

Includes AAT BONUS ONLINE: Less common allergens that may make an unwelcome appearance at picnics and barbecues.

Envision a mouth-watering picnic spread: Deviled eggs smooth and gleaming in the sunlight. Corn Read the rest of this entry »

When Will I Outgrow Food Allergies?

Published February - 10 - 2009

outgrow-aat-6_1One of the first things parents ask when their child is diagnosed with food allergy is, “When will he outgrow it?” That’s because it’s been conventional wisdom that most children outgrow food allergies – particularly milk and egg – within a few years. Today, however, research shows that food allergies persist into childhood longer. Read the rest of this entry »

Solving the Peanut Allergy Puzzle

Published February - 10 - 2009

peanutBy Dawn Merritt

Amy Altizer will never forget January 3, 2007. Not because it was her baby boy’s 3-month birthday. It was the day he had a life-threatening allergic reaction. Read the rest of this entry »

A Food Diary: Simple and Effective

Published February - 10 - 2009

fooddiary1Food allergies are on the rise worldwide, as is research into possible causes and cures. But even though doctors are seeing more patients with food-related symptoms, correctly diagnosing food allergies remains tricky. Read the rest of this entry »

Oral Allergy Syndrome

Published February - 5 - 2009

allergy2Do you ever get an itchy mouth when eating watermelon or cantaloupe? What about that luscious peach that left your gums raw and irritated?

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Cracking Open Egg Allergy

Published February - 5 - 2009

toxic-cleanEwan McCartney was 10 months old when he first tasted a scrambled egg. Within minutes he developed a swollen area on his forehead. Another lump soon emerged and both eyes swelled shut. Hives appeared next, covering his torso. He vomited and started wheezing. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s a Nut?

Published February - 4 - 2009

Families living with food allergies are constantly on alert for hidden allergens. When Congress passed the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, they took a huge step forward in saving lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Food Allergies at School

Published January - 7 - 2009

peanutsFood allergies can cause everything from indigestion or headache, to eczema, wheezing, hives, or – in extreme cases – anaphylaxis, an allergic reaction causing the windpipe to swell closed. A study by Hugh Sampson, M.D., of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, Read the rest of this entry »