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  • Is it just a cold or is it allergies?

    Allergy News -- ScienceDaily
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    One of the problems that parents may have during the springtime is deciphering whether their children’s sneezing is due to a cold or allergies. “Runny, stuffy or itchy noses, sneezing, coughing, fatigue, and headaches can all be symptoms of both allergies and colds but when parents pay close attention to minor details they will be able to tell the difference,” says a pediatric allergist.
  • Spring allergies linked to specific food allergies, says specialist

    Allergy News -- ScienceDaily
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    More than 45 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, primarily occurring in spring and fall. Food allergies are closely linked to spring allergies, says one expert. "Birch pollen often also means allergies to apples, peaches, carrots and celery while grass allergies can trigger melon, tomatoes and oranges reactions," he says. "Ragweed, the most noxious allergen, is also linked to allergies to bananas, cucumber and cantaloupe."
  • Ragweed Sublingual Tablet and Another Grass Tablet Approved

    About.com Allergies
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week approved another sublingual grass immunotherapy tablet (Grastek) as well as a sublingual ragweed immunotherapy tablet (Ragwitek). The approval of Grastek comes a few weeks after the first sublingual grass tablet, Oralair, was approved for the treatment of grass pollen induced allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis. Oralair is a mixture of five major Northern Pasture grass pollens (Sweet Vernal, Orchard, Perennial Rye, Timothy, and Kentucky Blue Grass), while Grastek contains a single grass pollen (Timothy Grass). Given the high rate of…
  • FDA approves Ragwitek for short ragweed pollen allergies

    Allergy News From Medical News Today
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Ragwitek, the first allergen extract administered under the tongue (sublingually) to treat short ragweed pollen induced allergic rhinitis (hay...
  • Spring cleaning often a sneezing nightmare for allergy sufferers

    Allergy News
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    The warm weather brings with it the urge to open the windows and start cleaning out the closets, but for allergy suffers the spring cleaning bug can be miserable.
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  • Ragweed Sublingual Tablet and Another Grass Tablet Approved

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week approved another sublingual grass immunotherapy tablet (Grastek) as well as a sublingual ragweed immunotherapy tablet (Ragwitek). The approval of Grastek comes a few weeks after the first sublingual grass tablet, Oralair, was approved for the treatment of grass pollen induced allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis. Oralair is a mixture of five major Northern Pasture grass pollens (Sweet Vernal, Orchard, Perennial Rye, Timothy, and Kentucky Blue Grass), while Grastek contains a single grass pollen (Timothy Grass). Given the high rate of…
  • Are Hives Caused by Food Additives and Preservatives?

    12 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    Urticaria, also known as hives, can affect up to 20 percent of the population. Most people with chronic urticaria (hives lasting more than 6 weeks) have the suspicion of some type of food allergy as the cause of their hives. In many instances, people are concerned that food additives or preservatives are the cause of their symptoms. These people may attempt to follow a preservative-free diet, with possible improvement in their symptoms. When they see an allergist for further evaluation, they find that there is no simple way to test for allergy to additives and preservatives. A recent study…
  • Urinary Biopyrrin is a Biomarker for Eczema

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Food allergies and contact aeroallergens (such as pet dander and dust mites), are common triggers for atopic dermatitis. Irritants and dry weather can also worsen symptoms. People with atopic dermatitis may also have a flare in their symptoms due to an infection caused by bacteria, fungi or viruses. It can be difficult to predict when a flare of atopic dermatitis may occur, but once itching has become severe and scratching occurs, it can be difficult to get symptoms under control. There is a need for a biomarker for atopic dermatitis that can be followed to predict exacerbations of…
  • Oralair Approved as a Sublingual Immunotherapy Tablet for Grass Allergy

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a sublingual immunotherapy tablet for the treatment of grass allergy. Oralair, the brand name for the tablet, is the first sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) treatment approved by the FDA for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis caused by grass pollen. Immunotherapy, in the form of allergy shots, has been used in the U.S. for more than one hundred years. Some allergists in the U.S. have offered SLIT (allergy drops placed under the tongue) as an experimental (non-FDA approved) therapy for years, although…
  • Spring Allergy Season Has Sprung

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:43 am
    Finally, the cold weather has gone away, and the outdoors are looking green again. With the warmer weather comes the pollen, and most areas of the country are seeing significant tree pollen in the air. The grass pollen is soon to follow. This spells misery for the allergy sufferer. However, with a little preparation, spring allergies don't have to ruin your outdoor activities this year. Whether you're seeing an allergist, a regular doctor, or have no ability or time to see a physician in order to obtain a prescription, there's plenty of options to combat your allergies this season....Read…
 
 
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  • Rural microbes could boost city dwellers' health, study finds

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    The greater prevalence of asthma, allergies and other chronic inflammatory disorders among people of lower socioeconomic status might be due in part to their reduced exposure to the microbes that thrive in rural environments, according to a new scientific paper.
  • Mom's diet mirrors child's food allergies

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    A long-term study evaluating maternal diet’s impact on food allergy in later life is expected to uncover causes of allergy in children. A particular focus for the project is the different effects of allergenic foods in different contexts.
  • Spring allergies linked to specific food allergies, says specialist

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    More than 45 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, primarily occurring in spring and fall. Food allergies are closely linked to spring allergies, says one expert. "Birch pollen often also means allergies to apples, peaches, carrots and celery while grass allergies can trigger melon, tomatoes and oranges reactions," he says. "Ragweed, the most noxious allergen, is also linked to allergies to bananas, cucumber and cantaloupe."
  • Is it just a cold or is it allergies?

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    One of the problems that parents may have during the springtime is deciphering whether their children’s sneezing is due to a cold or allergies. “Runny, stuffy or itchy noses, sneezing, coughing, fatigue, and headaches can all be symptoms of both allergies and colds but when parents pay close attention to minor details they will be able to tell the difference,” says a pediatric allergist.
  • '3-D' test could reduce reliance on animals for testing asthma and allergy medications

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    To determine whether new medicines are safe and effective for humans, researchers must first test them in animals, which is costly and time-consuming, as well as ethically challenging. Scientists now report that they've developed a simple, '3-D' laboratory method to test asthma and allergy medications that mimics what happens in the body, which could help reduce the need for animal testing.
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  • It will be out next week, PM tells CNN

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Facing anger from families of passengers, the prime minister told CNN the preliminary report on the plane's disappearance will be released.
  • Exclusive: 'Hard evidence' absent

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    In a CNN Exclusive, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak talks about the fate of missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370.
  • U.S. pediatrician killed in Afghanistan

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    Dr. Jerry Umanos had dedicated his life to treating children and training physicians. He was among five people targeted by an Afghan police guard.
  • PM not declaring passengers dead

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    More than six weeks after Flight 370 disappeared, Malaysia's prime minister says his government is still not prepared to declare it -- and the 239 people on board -- lost.
  • 'Bachelorette' contestant dies of injuries

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Eric Hill, who was a contestant in the upcoming season of "The Bachelorette," died this week from injuries suffered in a paragliding accident.
 
 
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  • Foods To Avoid When Suffering From Wheat Allergy

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    23 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Many people suffer from an allergy called wheat allergy.  This allergy is also known as wheat intolerance and is a condition which occurs when the body tends to resist a protein called gluten. Gluten is found in wheat. Most people who are suffering from wheat allergy do not know that they have wheat intolerance as it is mostly left undiagnosed. There are many results of wheat allergy in the case when it is left undiagnosed and some of them are joint pain, digestive health problems, skin rashes, chronic fatigue and even some other health issues and problems.  In case of a wheat allergy,…
  • Side Effects Of Using Asthma Inhalers

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    13 Apr 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Asthma is an inflammatory disease which is caused in the airways of a person and is mostly chronic in nature.  It is marked by reversible obstruction of the airflow and some of its common symptoms include chest tightness, wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.  Out of the many possible treatment methods of asthma, the best and most common treatment is using asthma inhalers.   These inhalers are also called ashtalin inhalers and are also employed for treating bronchitis or any type of obstructive lung illness or disease.  While it is true that asthma inhalers definitely curb the…
  • Some Of The Common Asthma Triggers

    admin2
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways of humans which causes chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath and coughing. The exact cause of asthma is still unknown to all and even the symptoms may vary from one person to another.  The one thing that we do know is that an asthma attack is often triggered when the airways come in contact with something that is referred as an asthma trigger. When this trigger hits the airways, the airways tend to become narrow, get inflamed and get filled with mucus.  To identify and minimize asthma attacks and their frequency, one must be…
  • How To Test For Airborne Allergies

    admin2
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Many times we suffer from certain allergies but are unable to detect what exactly is the cause of that allergy. In such cases, we must never take the allergy and its cause lightly as it may aggravate and also prove to be life threatening.  In the case when you have an airborne allergy, it is even more important to know what exactly is causing your allergic reaction to trigger. By doing an airborne allergy test, you can confirm the trigger and avoid contact with it in the future. There are many airborne allergens like pollen, dust particles, air pollutants, trees, grass, cockroach droppings…
  • Top 8 Asthma Myths

    admin4
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:52 am
    Asthma affects so many families and tends to curtail so many activities that people are usually anxious to find out about effective remedies and means to control the condition. It is this very anxiety that makes people more likely to believe some of the myths that have come to be associated with asthma. We separate asthma fact from asthma fiction: 1. Asthma can be cured Asthma is not a curable condition no matter what product manufacturers say. It can only be controlled and managed to the best extent possible by medications, lifestyle alterations and diet changes. Even moving to a different…
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  • Finding Soy in Common Foods

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:08 am
    In my years of private practice, I saw many kids with food allergies. Soy allergy was one of them and often combined with milk allergy. "I stay away from edamame, tofu and soy sauce," said one mom....Read Full Post
  • A Lupine Allergy?

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Well, it's true. In my research and writing about immunotherapy for food allergy, I came across a new allergy with which I wasn't familiar: lupine allergy. Rare in this country, lupine is a pretty purple flower whose seeds are ground and used in baked goods, especially in Europe. You can read more about the connection of lupine to peanut allergy and much more in my article. Maybe you will learn something new like I did!...Read Full Post
  • Do You Know About Immunotherapy for Food Allergy?

    28 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
      Immunotherapy is a big word, but an area in food allergy research that is evolving and comes up in the media every now and then. You may be curious or confused about what this trending research is all about. What is it? Is it something you can do? Where can you find more information?...Read Full Post
  • The Million Dollar Question Every Person with Food Allergy Wants Answered

    25 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    What can I eat? No. Where can I eat? No. Will I outgrow this dang food allergy? YES. As a pediatric dietitian, almost every person I have ever encountered with food allergy has asked me, "When will I (or he, or she) grow out of this food allergy?"...Read Full Post
  • How Do You Decide Where to Eat Out?

    18 Mar 2014 | 4:10 am
    I love to go out to eat. But I do it infrequently. I am picky when it comes to restaurant food. Maybe because I am a decent cook, I am not in favor of spending money on food that is less than what I can do in the kitchen....Read Full Post
 
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  • April Showers Bring May... Allergies?

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    We have had gorgeous weekends here in Atlanta recently. Everyone and their kids and dogs have been out celebrating the Dogwood Festival and spending time at Piedmont Park. In between all this good weather have been bouts of heavy rain and gusty wind. A couple days of this was not the best days for my roommate and my coworker, both who complained how sick they were feeling with congestion, fatigue and achy limbs.First I thought, uh-oh, I don’t want to catch that! But then I realized, it could be allergies. But wouldn’t the rain settle the pollen that’s making my friends congested? Not…
  • Vogmask - New Allergy Masks

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:32 am
    Since 2012, Vogmasks have offered a more stylish, comfortable way to block allergens, dust and air pollution. The original mask, the Classic Microfiber Vogmask, is lightweight, offers three layer filtration and comes in a variety of colors. After just a few short years, these masks have not only gained a great deal of popularity and improved, but we are now happy to introduce you to some of the new members of the Vogmask lineup! In addition to the Classic Vogmasks, there are now CV N99 masks. Originally, each Vogmask offered roughly N95 filtration (95% filtration of particles), but the…
  • Happy Easter! HEPA Air Purifier Giveaway

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    I wanted to take a minute to wish everyone safe travels this holiday weekend. The roads can be extra busy during holiday weekends, so take your time and slow down! Now if I could only follow my own advice..... Then again, Atlanta traffic does a pretty good job of keeping me moving so slowly that both the tortoise AND the hare typically pass me on the way to work.I also wanted to throw out a quick reminder, there is LESS than a day remaining to get entered to win a FREE Vornado AC500 HEPA Air Purifier! Start the weekend off right and get entered to win. Best of all, it's free to enter, and…
  • Oralair Approved as First Oral SLIT Medication

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the thumbs up for Oralair (Stallergenes, Inc.) to be on the market as the US’s first sublingual immunotherapy (aka, SLIT) to treat allergies to multiple grass pollens. More importantly, this is the first SLIT treatment available as a pill. Traditional SLIT treatment involves a series of injections.Treatment is suitable for the age range of 10-65 years, and to those who are diagnosed with grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis (with or without conjunctivitis). Patients must have positive skin test or in vitro testing for any of the five…
  • Worst Cities for Spring Allergies (and some pretty pictures!)

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    It’s been a beautiful transition this year from a cold winter to a blooming spring. For some, it’s exciting and relieving to ditch the scarves and coats and make room for sunglasses and sandals. For others it’s a forecast of congestion, runny noses and sneezing.AllergyCapitals.com lists the worst cities in the US for allergies based on the pollen counts, number of OTC/prescription medications per patient, and number of board-certified allergists per patient. The most current list below:Louisville, KY Memphis, TN Baton Rouge, LA Oklahoma City, OK Jackson, MS Chattanooga, TN Dallas, TX…
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  • It's Easter Time!

    Joanne LaSpina
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The commercialized aspect of Easter revolves around chocolate and bunnies (made of chocolate) and eggs (hard-boiled or made of chocolate and filled with peanut butter) and marshmallow chicks (that now carry an allergen label warning of possible contact with dairy). This time of year can be a minefield of mishaps and misunderstandings when food allergies are involved- especially for young children. Here are a few of my favorites ways to celebrate the treat part of this holiday:Easter Bunny CakeChocolate MoldsPlastic eggs with toys and money inside.Happy Easter!
  • Six Food Allergy Happenings You May Have Missed Over the Holidays

    Joanne LaSpina
    3 Jan 2014 | 1:54 pm
    New Year's EveSo, the decorating and present buying and singing of Auld Lang Syne is done. While you've been enjoying the holiday season with family and friends, here are a few items related to food allergies that you may have missed:Epi InjectorsThe date has been set for the 2nd Annual 2014 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. Start saving your frequent flier miles for a trip to Las Vegas Sept. 26-28.Mylan is extending their $0 copay for EpiPens through 2014. Go to Epipen.com for details.Sanofi is also extending their $0 copay program for Auvi-Q  through 2014. Go to their website for…
  • Debunking Food Allergy Myths

    Joanne LaSpina
    15 Nov 2013 | 4:17 am
    There has been some great information coming out of last week's Conference of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). One of the speakers, Dr.  David Stukus, presented on the outdated information related to allergies that still circulates. Among the myths:"I can't get the flu shot because I'm allergic to eggs.""I'm allergic to food dyes.""I can take an at-home blood test to find out which foods I'm allergic to."Avoid giving highly allergenic foods to babies for their first 12 months of life.It is difficult to stay on top of the latest research, but it is important…
  • Dairy Free Dark Chocolate

    Joanne LaSpina
    13 Nov 2013 | 6:58 am
    I do enjoy dark chocolate. I like that slight bitter to the sweet and there are so many health benefits (doesn't it help you lose weight, sleep better, give you more energy and make you resistant to all illness and disease?:)I was thrilled when Enjoy Life recently asked if I wanted to try their new dairy-free dark chocolate chips. I thought dark chocolate would need to stay out of my family dairy-free recipes, but those days are now over. These dark chocolate chips are dairy-free and delicious...especially in my dark chocolate chip cookies. I love a product with two ingredients- in this case…
  • Teaching ALL Kids About Food Allergies

    Joanne LaSpina
    29 Oct 2013 | 3:30 am
    Have you seen the adorable Supermarket Search game at Anaphylaxis101.com? It's a great way to share the importance of reading ingredient labels with kids, and you get to print out an allergy  friendly recipe at the end. While you're on the site, download the free ebook about Ana & Phyl Axis, narrated by Modern Family's Julie Bowen. I love that there are so many resources about food allergies for ALL kids!
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  • Celebrate Earth Day with E-Cloth ~ 3-Day 20% Off Sale!

    Jamie Kaufmann
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    Monday through Wednesday Excludes Sale Items and Mop BundlesPromotional Code:  EARTHDAY20Valid only at Milk Allergy Mom's online e-cloth storeSale Ends:  Wednesday, April 23rd at 11:59pm CSTThis is a rare e-cloth sale so don't miss out!It's a great time to get higher ticket items like e-body spa products and Universal Stone cleaner.  We are getting rave reviews on both products, and I'm always asked when they go on sale.  Now's your chance!Other popular products right now for upcoming spring cleaning are the High Performance Dusting…
  • Visiting Disney with Food Allergies

    Jamie Kaufmann
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Guest Post by Nina Fabinski, Mom of 2 Food Allergy Kiddos & Disney Vacation PlannerWhen I found out my son (now 2) was allergic to dairy (and now eggs and peanuts), I thought the world was gonna end.  I didn't know where to start.  I decided the whole house would be dairy-free, and I went Vegan.  I later discovered that my daughter also had food allergies.  Needless to say, I totally freaked.  I needed a vacation to help deal with all this new stress.  But where does one go when life with food allergies seems to be taking…
  • Easter with Food Allergies (Part 3) ~ Dairy-Free Menu Plan

    Jamie Kaufmann
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We celebrate Easter at Jeff's parents' house as they are very understanding and accommodating of the seriousness of food allergies.My mother-in-law can even cook safe dishes for Miles, which is awesome.  When we arrive, we all give a last run-down of what we have for Miles to eat. And my MIL is great about saving all the containers, wrappers, boxes, etc. that ingredients came from so we can double check everything one more time.Miles usually eats the ham cooked by the in-laws.  His pieces are cut first before any cross-contamination can happen.Then he can have some…
  • Easter with Food Allergies (Part 2) ~ Safe Treats & Hunts

    Jamie Kaufmann
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Holidays have become a lot about the food, and Easter is no exception.  While I do try my best to make Easter baskets and Easter hunts as fun as possible, I keep in mind that it doesn't ALL have to be about chocolate and candy. Useful gifts and toys are enjoyed by children as much as sugar so keep that in mind.  Last year we got the boys a CD player for their room and a children's Christian CD.  It's something they still enjoy a year later and remember as a special Easter gift.  :)Here are some other non-food treats that can be exciting to find in Easter Baskets.
  • Milk-Free Find ~ Hebrew National Beef Franks in a Blanket

    Jamie Kaufmann
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Hebrew National are our go-to dairy-free hot dogs.  I actually could never eat another kind of hotdog for as long as I live.  Hebrew National taste so good, like real meat, and are not slimy and full of mystery ingredients.  The hot dogs are not cheap and neither are these new Beef Franks in a Blanket.  But they are such a fun occasional treat when they can be found for a bargain.  They can run about $10 a box, but I have found them on good promotions a few times at Target.  When I do, I snag up a couple boxes.  Today I got two boxes for about $5 each after…
 
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  • Post Allergic Reaction

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Thank you all for your kind comments and concern for Middle Man.He is doing excellent and is fully recovered from his asthma/allergy hospital stay.I hesitated to share the story because I knew that there would be judgement on how we handled all of this but it was minimal and mostly confined to Facebook.  I think in hindsight of these types of situations, we all wish we would have done things
  • Easter 2014

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    I hope everyone had a wonderful and blessed Easter.  We had a nice and relaxing day. Due to the Little Monkey still having some issues remaining from the stomach virus, we split up Holy Week duties.  The boys and I went to Holy Thursday service and Hubs and the boys went to Good Friday service. Everyone seemed better on Saturday so we went to visit the Easter Bunny at the mall.  The
  • Worlds Toughest Job?

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    This video of "The Worlds Toughest Job" has been all over my Facebook the last few days and I kind of figured out what they were referring to without watching it.  But today I figured I'd a take few minutes to watch it. It's sweet.  It's got some amusing moments.  Mom's like to be appreciated, yes we do. But... I'm a mom.  I don't feel like I have the worlds toughest job.  Is it hard?  
  • Food Allergies and Hospital Stays. Think You Are Safe? You May Want ToThink Again.

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    I hesitate to write this.  I wasn't sure that I was going to.  But I feel like I need to let others know what happened so that they can guard against it.  I'll apologize now for this post being a novel, but there's no other way for me to share Middle Man's story without sharing ALL of it. Almost two weeks ago, Middle Man caught a virus and woke up Wednesday night throwing up.  We kept him home
  • Thankful Tuesday

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    I am so thankful for the fact that our family has been relatively healthy this winter.  There have been a few colds and some minor aches and pains, but for the most part, we've come away unscathed.And you never how thankful you are for something until it's gone.Starting last week Middle Man got a stomach bug.  By the weekend, he seemed better, but Sunday night brought more tummy issues.  
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  • Food Allergy Counseling: How to Save your Marriage from Food Allergy Stress: Allergic Living Magazine

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Mom doesn’t want to let her child with anaphylactic food allergies out of the house; dad takes the same child out to eat at a fast food restaurant where the child's allergens are in practically every dish without an epinephrine autoinjector (or any emergency medications), explaining: “We were five minutes away from the house.”This is a common challenge that I see in my food allergy counseling practice: parents of children with severe food allergies who have very different parenting styles when it comes to managing risk and food allergies. Allergic Living magazine…
  • Food Allergy Consulting: Fox 5, Dining Out with Food Allergies

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    Me with Dan Bowens of Fox 5 News at Blue SmokeI will thrilled to be contacted by Fox 5 news this week about filming a segment on restaurants in New York City that handle food allergies well.Here is the segment from the 10 o’clock news April 17, 2014.Here are some photographic outtakes while Fox 5 was talking with the Chef Eddie.With Mark Maynard-Parisi, Senior Managing Partner of Blue Smoke.And then with my favorite dish on the menu: Texas Salt and Pepper ribs.Did you know: all of the Blue Smoke’s ribs, all of them, are top 8 allergen-free. That wasn’t always the case…
  • Food Allergy Counseling: Review of Sarah Wilson, I Quit Sugar

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    Copyright 2014 Clarkson PotterI Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson is not a food allergy related book nor focused on any kind of food allergy issue. I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson is about cutting out hidden, and not so hidden, sugars from one’s diet. Sarah (who has both Graves & Hashimoto diseases, both autoimmune diseases), found that being low to no sugar helped her body and her overall wellness immensely and almost immediately. If that might be you, too, then read on.  I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson lays out an 8-week process of eliminating fructose and added sugars from one's…
  • Recipe: Nut-free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Frosting

    4 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Look at that glorious cupcake with chocolate chip frosting. It’s calling to you isn’t it?It’s a birthday cupcake that I made for D. He loves, loves, like cannot let one day pass without chocolate. So, I made a dozen cupcakes and one nine inch round cake. All made from scratch with these capable hands!  Shhh. The cake is from a box. It’s a good box. King Arthur Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake mix. It’s certified gluten-free. It’s also nut-free and made without diary, too.  And it was my idea to add chocolate chips to it. And I made the frosting by hand. And added…
  • Recipe: Irish Soda Bread: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree Nut-Free

    17 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    I adapted my own Gluten-Free, Peanut-Free and Tree Nut-Free recipe from last year and made it dairy-free (and even better). Gluten-Free Irish Soda BreadAdapted from Glutino’s recipe and further adapted by Allergic Girl1 box (15 ounces) King Arthur Gluten-Free Pancake Mix 2 large organic eggs¾ cup orange juice2 tablespoons olive oil¾ cup golden raisins (soaked overnight in OJ)2 teaspoons caraway seed2 teaspoons grated orange rind1 tablespoon oil to brush top of bread (optional)The night before or at least 30 minutes before soak the raisins in OJ, enough to cover…
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  • Vegan Fruit Tart Pizza

    Alisa Fleming
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    This recipe for fruit tart pizza is an entry in our Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe Contest, created and submitted by Michelle Hendrickson. To qualify, the recipe includes Coconut Milk Creamer and Coconut Milk Yogurt by So Delicious Dairy Free. This easy dessert pizza has a sweet crust, tangy cream cheesy “sauce” and an array of fresh fruit […]The post Vegan Fruit Tart Pizza appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Healthy Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Mousse

    Alisa Fleming
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    This recipe for dairy-free peanut butter mousse is an entry in our Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe Contest, created and submitted by Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits. To qualify, the recipe includes Almond Plus Protein Almond Milk by So Delicious Dairy Free. Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes are needed to create this dreamy dairy-free […]The post Healthy Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Mousse appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Steam-Fried Banana Pecan Pancake

    Alisa Fleming
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This recipe for steam-fried banana pecan pancake is an entry in our Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe Contest, created and submitted by Hidemi Walsh. To qualify, the recipe includes Almond Plus Protein Almond Milk by So Delicious Dairy Free. What a unique and fun breakfast! This steam-fried banana pecan pancake eliminates the fuss of ordinary pancakes […]The post Steam-Fried Banana Pecan Pancake appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Dairy-Free Cocoa-nut Ice cream

    Alisa Fleming
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This recipe for dairy-free cocoa-nut ice cream is an entry in our Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe Contest, created and submitted by Diana Amadeo. To qualify, the recipe includes Coconut Milk Beverage by So Delicious Dairy Free. Diana says this cocoa-nut ice cream recipe “Couldn’t be easier!” and sent this picture of grandma and her boys […]The post Dairy-Free Cocoa-nut Ice cream appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Chicken Coconut Curry with Sweet Potatoes

    Alisa Fleming
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    This recipe for chicken coconut curry is an entry in our Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe Contest, created and submitted by Diane Halferty. Her recipe includes Culinary Coconut Milk by So Delicious Dairy Free. Chicken and sweet potatoes are baked in a rich red curry sauce in this comforting recipe. For more details about the recipe […]The post Chicken Coconut Curry with Sweet Potatoes appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
 
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    The Nut-Free Mom Blog

  • The Nut-Free Mom Blog Gets a Food Allergy Blog Award, plus, Food Allergy Awareness

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Thank you to Healthline for naming The Nut-Free Mom blog as one of their top food allergy blogs of 2014! This is the third year my blog has received this award and I am extremely grateful to be recognized in this way. Thank you, Healthline!Click this link to see the other winners; you'll see some of your favorites and might even find some new ones. I'm definitely in good company. A big congrats to all of the winners!As nice as it is to receive an award, the most important thing to me is the way that blogging has allowed me to connect with other parents and even teen/adult nut allergy…
  • Hey, Easter Bunny! Here Are Some of My Favorite Nut Allergy-Friendly Easter Sweets Picks

    6 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    The cutest chocolate bunny I've ever seen; it's from Dean's Sweets. Easter is soon arriving and with it, one of the biggest candy holidays of the year. If you're worried about peanut and tree nut allergies, you may not be hopping for joy at the thought of all the candy out there that is clearly off-limits for your kids. Still, you'd be surprised at some of the good stuff out there, both in stores and/or online. I've posted some of my favorites for you to check out. Please keep in mind that YOU are the best judge of what to serve your allergic child or family member. If you have any…
  • Welcome to The New Age: What We Should Expect From Schools and Managing Food Allergies in the Classroom

    19 Mar 2014 | 1:09 pm
    I've been dealing with food allergies at school since 2004 and while I do think there is much more awareness about allergies these days, it still seems as a lot of us are having problems managing allergies at school.Some parents tell me that they are not being listened to or respected with regards to life-threatening food allergies, even though they have followed the school's rules, i.e., filled out the paperwork, visited the allergist, met with the school staff and the myriad other tasks that go along with managing food allergies in daily life.Just to be clear:  when I say "respected" I…
  • Nut Allergy Spring Roundup: Nut-Free Recipes, Spring Break Travel Tips and and More

    10 Mar 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Daylight savings time has officially begun, so for those of us huddled in our parkas in many parts of the country, (except for today -- it's warm(er) and sunny!), that means spring is on the horizon.I've been hearing from many new readers lately who may have not seen some of the spring-related content, so I wanted to offer a post featuring some of my reader-favorite "spring" topics. For my longtime readers, I hope you don't mind a refresher course with some timely reminders.Spring Break TravelFor those of you flying to your destination, check out this post. In particular, I talk about…
  • Kids with Food Allergies and Summer Camp

    19 Feb 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Heavy snow, rain and overall weather misery in many parts of the country aside, spring is nearly here, which means summer is on the way. It's definitely not too early to be thinking about summer activities -- like camp. But what if your child, like mine, has life-threatening allergies to nuts or other foods?If some of you are skeptical of the summer camp experience for your severely allergic child, I know how you feel. I summed up our family's experience in this archived Allergic Living magazine article where I discuss the ups and downs of my daughter's week at Girl Scout camp (she was seven…
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  • Is soy lecithin safe in patients with food allergy to soy?

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    What is soy lecithin?Soy lecithin is a fatty derivative of soy. It is present in many foods. Soy lecithin contains a trace amount of detectable soy protein. Lecithin is a generic term to designate any group of fatty substances occurring in animal and plant tissues composed of phosphoric acid, choline, fatty acids, glycerol, glycolipids, triglycerides, and phospholipids. There is no protein in lecithin. Most food allergies are to protein antigens.8 foods cause 90% of food allergies (click to enlarge the image). The likelihood of a negative oral food challenge is shown in relation to the…
  • Food allergy and "may contain" labels. What to do?

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Different countries have different rules regarding food allergy advisory labeling. The summary below applies to U.S.The current lawIn the U.S., the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) of 2004 is a law requiring that the 8 major allergens or allergenic food groups — milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanut, and soy — be declared on ingredient labels using plain English words. The FALCPA only applies to the 8 major allergens.Food allergy management in 4 steps (click to enlarge the image).Unclear advisory labelsCertain phrases are used by the…
  • Who diagnoses and treats nasal and ocular allergies in the US? Survey shows some surprises

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Allergic rhinoconjunctivitis is managed by a number of health care professional specialties, whose practice styles may vary. This study included telephone surveys of randomly selected patients and health care professionals in the United States in 2012 (2,700 patients and 500 practitioners in 7 specialties).Adult respondents to the patient survey reported that their allergies had been diagnosed most often by:- physicians in family practice (46%)- allergists/immunologists (17%)- otolaryngologists, ENT (11%). Children's allergies had been diagnosed most often by pediatricians (41%) and family…
  • Game App For Asthma Education: Wellapets Virtual Pet

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Wellapets app has a fire breathing dragon. The pet is part of a video game that aims to help children with asthma. When playing ‘Wellapets’ children must give their pet dragon a maintenance inhaler twice a day, just like many of them have to do in real-life. The game also aims to teach them to recognize symptoms and avoid asthma triggers like dust and smoke.Asthma Treatment Options in 6 Steps (click to enlarge the image).If the free asthma app is a success, the developers are looking at other games geared toward food allergies, diabetes, and childhood obesity.The game looks like fun,…
  • Sinusitis - top articles for April 2014

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about sinusitis for April 2014:The united allergic airway: Connections between allergic rhinitis, asthma, and chronic sinusitis (free full text) http://goo.gl/m4O9bRisk factors for chronic sinusitis in allergic rhinitis, from ENT perspective: infraorbital & frontal intersinus cells http://goo.gl/shthhLeft-sided maxillary sinusitis (absence of the air transparency of left maxillar sinus). Image source: Wikipedia, public domain.The management of nasal polyps can be quite complex. There are no known "natural remedies."…
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  • Food Allergy Cooking Show: Scratch Test Kitchen

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    A couple days ago, I received a tweet from a gentleman asking for support for a kickstarter campaign. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to help spread the word. I think you will quickly see why when you view the video and read the Q&A. Many thanks to Stephanie for agreeing to answer my questions!Jennifer B: How many food allergies do you have? Would you list some of them?Stephanie: Maybe 25 to 30? Since many of them are food groups (wheat, corn, soy, milk, beans, nuts) they encompass a much longer list of ingredients. It would take some time if I were to try and count them all! Some of…
  • Can Caregiver Mishandling of Food Allergies Equal Medical Neglect?

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Did you know April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month? One form of abuse which is not as frequently discussed is medical neglect. In defining medical neglect, the American Human Association states the following (emphasis added by me):"Medical neglect is the failure to provide appropriate health care for a child (although financially able to do so), thus placing the child at risk of being seriously disabled or disfigured or dying. According to NCANDS, in 2005, 2 percent of children (17,637 children) in the United States were victims of medical neglect (USDHHS, 2007). Concern is…
  • Food Allergy Mom Fashion: Earth Day 2014

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:37 am
    Have you heard of Mamavation? It's a website, blog, and community for moms to learn about healthy living. As the mother of two growing boys, one of whom has life threatening food allergies, it's not surprising that eating and living healthy is at the top of my priority list. Recently, I was selected by Mamavation to receive a pair of of shoes at no cost from Earth Footwear's spring/summer collection as part of Earth Footwear's celebration of Earth Day, try the shoes out, and review them. It was an opportunity too good to pass up! In honor of Earth Day, please take a look at the…
  • Food Allergy Awareness Week 2014: Twitter Get-Together

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    Screenshot courtesy of Homa Woodrum (Thank you Homa, I treasure it!)I accidentally started a Food Allergy Awareness Week tradition for myself years ago--organizing a Twitter Party to get people talking about #foodallergy all at the same time. Last year, we were able to get #foodallergy to be the NUMBER ONE trending topic on Twitter during the party in some locations! You can see it in this screenshot from one of my favorite food allergy friends, Homa Woodrum--it was fantastic! I guess we set the bar kind of high, and we need to try again!Let's all meet on Twitter--as many of as we can--and…
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - New England Chapter Fundraiser 2014

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Please see excerpt below from the flyer from the New England Chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America about their annual spring fundraiser.Join us for a fun evening for a good cause!Lots of fabulous food Hilarious comedy Great auction items Call for more information, or to order your tickets by phone (781-444-7778)Click here to order tickets on-line or by mail.Tickets are only $80 each 
 
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  • Funding and Liability Issues Tackled As The City of Hamilton Installs EpiPens In Local Food Courts

    Onespot Allergy
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Implementation details and funding for the Stock Epinephrine Auto-Injector Pilot Project (SEAPP) were approved yesterday by the City of Hamilton’s board of health. Today, City Council is expected to ratify the pilot project which will place emergency epinephrine (EpiPens) in the Jackson Square Mall and Eastgate Mall food courts by June of 2014.  I commend Councillor Lloyd Ferguson for piloting this initiative and the Ancaster Ontario Rotarians who voiced their concerns about enhancing the safety of their allergic grandchildren following the death of 12 year old Maia Santarelli-Gallo…
  • How To Check If Easter Chocolate Is Both Peanut And Nut Free

    Onespot Allergy
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    With Easter coming up soon, displays of Easter chocolates are popping up everywhere. I was at the Masonville Mall Shoppers Drug Mart this past weekend, and a display of Easter bunnies caught my eye. I had a closer look, and I was excited to see that one brand of chocolate is completely peanut and nut safe, but right next to it was a brand with a peanut free logo that is NOT nut free. It’s a very common mistake to assume that a peanut free logo means that a food is also free of tree nuts (all other nuts). You must read the ingredient list thoroughly to ensure that the product does not…
  • Reflections On Five Years In Allergy Safety

    Onespot Allergy
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Today is my two year anniversary at Kowork, a lovely co-working space in downtown London. When I arrived here two years ago, I was depleted in every way. I was out of money as I had slowed down my law practice three years prior to focus on my passionate interest, which is allergy safety. I accomplished a lot in those three years by building this top ranking allergy blog with over 250,000 unique visitors per year, a wonderfully interactive Facebook group, and my trademark Best EpiPen Belts that my customers really appreciate. Nothing had worked out well financially though, and let’s face…
  • Praise For Ottawa Daycare Over Cheese Sandwich Suspension

    Onespot Allergy
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Earlier this month the Centre de l’Enfant Aux 4 vents, an Ottawa daycare, came under fire for its strict policy about not allowing outside food to be brought into the Center. Like each of the two daycare centers my sons attended, the Center made all the meals and snacks on site. Parents sign a contract acknowledging that no outside food is to be brought in, which would be for many reasons such as food safety, hygiene, and the protection of children with food allergies. Unfortunately, Randy Murray, the father of one child at the daycare, ignored this policy and brought his daughter to…
  • The Allergy Band-Aid

    Onespot Allergy
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:55 pm
    On February 27, 2014, CBC The Nature of Things aired an episode titled”The Allergy Fix” produced by Dreamfilm, a Vancouver documentary company. I became a fan of the show’s host, Dr. David Suzuki, when I used the textbook he wrote on genetics as part of my undergraduate science degree. I was interested to watch the show, which I knew was about peanut desensitization, due to the promotional e-mail messages I received in advance notifying me of the premiere. The show began with Dr. Suzuki stating: With food allergies more than tripling in two decades, birthday parties are no…
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    Living Free

  • Thoughtful Thursday: 1 Peter 2:11

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:03 am
    Let’s start with the basics here. What are we talking about when we say ‘the flesh’? An understanding of flesh can be found in Romans 8:7-8, “The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, indeed it cannot; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” Another helpful reference: Galatians 5:16, “But I say, live by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.” “Flesh” in this passage is often understood as a reference to a sin nature that remains in the believer, doing battle…
  • A Meal Replacement Juice (GF, DF, SF)

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:18 am
    I’ve always wanted to do a juice fast. Because it sounds really awesome to lose weight fast. BUT, I know there is no such thing as “get skinny quick” while also being healthy and kind to your body. At least not for everyday folk. And honestly, although I do think I am ‘overweight’, I’m not large enough to be considered for something like The Biggest Loser, where they DO lose weight extremely fast. Why am I rambling on about this, you ask? Good question. I decided it would be neat to try and incorporate juice into my diet as a meal replacer, instead of…
  • Baby Food: Banana Oatmeal W/Raisins

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    At first, my little guy (who is 6 months), was not a fan of banana. I was surprised, because everything I was reading seemed to indicate that most babies love bananas. Well, I made this cereal for him, and he loves it, despite the bananas! I think the difference might be texture. I think that because this was cooked and in a puree, he was more keen on it. The mashed banana, with a little milk, was just too weird of a texture I guess. Because he loves this so much, I always wait to let him have some until after he has eaten a portion of his vegetable puree (recipe link). When it looks like he…
  • Chicken ‘Risotto’ w/Squash & Lentils (DF, GF, SF)

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    As with most of my recipes, there isn’t any profound wisdom or purpose behind this one. I happened to have chicken, butternut squash, and red lentils… so no great story to share. But I like this, I like it a lot! It’s creamy, hearty, and the flavors combined very well. And that’s about it… :) Chicken ‘Risotto’ w/Squash & Lentils (DF, GF, SF) Ingredients: 10 cups water + 5 cups 2 cups brown rice, long grain 3 cups butternut squash, cubed 4 boneless chicken breasts, grilled 16 oz bag red lentils 8 oz can of tomato sauce 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper powder…
  • Thoughtful Thursday: Blessed Assurance

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:52 am
    I always had doubts about whether I was really saved. I think partly because I never really had a ‘moment’ (I don’t remember any specific times that I prayed the sinners prayer or had a radical heart change – it was gradual). I was raised in a Christian environment, went to Christian schools up through university, and have been around the ‘culture’ of Christianity my whole life. It wasn’t until I was an adult, and very shortly before I met my husband, that I truly became to believe that Jesus is my personal Savior, that through Him alone I can be…
 
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  • Is the Pollen Count Helpful in Medical Practice? Yes and No.

    AllerVision LLC
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Millions of grains of pollen, in this case from a cottonwood tree, can easily fill the air and travel great distances when picked up by the wind. Now that the weather has turned warmer and more pleasant, TV news anchors and meteorologists need something other than the weekly snow fall and deep freeze to grab your attention. Enter the pollen count. During the spring months, when trees and grasses release their pollen, official pollen counts get a lot of attention. This isn’t news to you. What you may not know is that in most areas of the country, the publicized pollen counts may be at least…
  • When Allergy Season Peaks, Do You Have a Plan? My Tips for Your Worst Patients

    AllerVision LLC
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    With pollen counts skyrocketing, this could be the worst allergy season in years. Be prepared to help your patients. It’s happening already: TV stations, newspapers and radio are hyping the severe spring pollen season ahead. As we know, long winters with lots of snow are springboards for high pollen counts. Every year when spring arrives my office phone starts ringing and patients can’t wait one day to be seen. My new patients, that is. I’ll explain the difference below. These new patients’ developing allergy “emergency” can be handled effectively with…
  • The Allergy Clock is Ticking: Spring Ahead, Don’t Fall Behind in Treatment

    AllerVision LLC
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:19 am
    Spring usually brings beautiful weather — and lots of allergies. It’s been a brutal winter throughout most of the country. Once we get even a few consecutive days with weather in the 60′s and sunshine, everyone will rush outside for extra-long lunch breaks. My New York City office is right around the corner from Central Park, which is flooded with fresh-air-seekers of all ages as soon as spring emerges. For individuals who suffer with allergies, excitement for Spring is tempered with the weary anticipation of inevitable symptoms. However, with the right strategy and treatment…
  • Peanut Allergy Treatment: Close to Reality!

    AllerVision LLC
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Allergy treatment has crossed another major barrier as reported in the January/February edition of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. The lead authors in this multi-center research led by Drs. Wasserman, Factor and Baker demonstrated that IgE mediated peanut allergy can be effectively treated with oral immunotherapy! This study was designed to administer small doses of peanut flour to peanut-allergic children and young adults, followed by incrementally increasing the doses up to the equivalent of eating eight peanuts. At conclusion, 91% of the study patients were…
  • Wheezing and Sneezing are Not Always Signs of Allergy

    AllerVision LLC
    17 Feb 2014 | 10:08 am
    The obvious underlying cause of sneezing may not necessarily be the right one. In medicine it’s all too easy to assume that a certain symptom is representative of a specific diagnosis. Since allergic symptoms are so common, this is a pitfall we need to be wary of. There’s an old adage, “All that wheezes isn’t asthma.” I’ll add to that “all that sneezes isn’t allergic rhinitis.” Often the only way to establish a definitive diagnosis is through diagnostic testing. A patient’s history is, of course, the foundation of a correct diagnosis…
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  • Is the Pollen Count Helpful in Medical Practice? Yes and No.

    AllerVision LLC
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Millions of grains of pollen, in this case from a cottonwood tree, can easily fill the air and travel great distances when picked up by the wind. Now that the weather has turned warmer and more pleasant, TV news anchors and meteorologists need something other than the weekly snow fall and deep freeze to grab your attention. Enter the pollen count. During the spring months, when trees and grasses release their pollen, official pollen counts get a lot of attention. This isn’t news to you. What you may not know is that in most areas of the country, the publicized pollen counts may be at least…
  • When Allergy Season Peaks, Do You Have a Plan? My Tips for Your Worst Patients

    AllerVision LLC
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    With pollen counts skyrocketing, this could be the worst allergy season in years. Be prepared to help your patients. It’s happening already: TV stations, newspapers and radio are hyping the severe spring pollen season ahead. As we know, long winters with lots of snow are springboards for high pollen counts. Every year when spring arrives my office phone starts ringing and patients can’t wait one day to be seen. My new patients, that is. I’ll explain the difference below. These new patients’ developing allergy “emergency” can be handled effectively with…
  • The Allergy Clock is Ticking: Spring Ahead, Don’t Fall Behind in Treatment

    AllerVision LLC
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:19 am
    Spring usually brings beautiful weather — and lots of allergies. It’s been a brutal winter throughout most of the country. Once we get even a few consecutive days with weather in the 60′s and sunshine, everyone will rush outside for extra-long lunch breaks. My New York City office is right around the corner from Central Park, which is flooded with fresh-air-seekers of all ages as soon as spring emerges. For individuals who suffer with allergies, excitement for Spring is tempered with the weary anticipation of inevitable symptoms. However, with the right strategy and treatment…
  • Peanut Allergy Treatment: Close to Reality!

    AllerVision LLC
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Allergy treatment has crossed another major barrier as reported in the January/February edition of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. The lead authors in this multi-center research led by Drs. Wasserman, Factor and Baker demonstrated that IgE mediated peanut allergy can be effectively treated with oral immunotherapy! This study was designed to administer small doses of peanut flour to peanut-allergic children and young adults, followed by incrementally increasing the doses up to the equivalent of eating eight peanuts. At conclusion, 91% of the study patients were…
  • Wheezing and Sneezing are Not Always Signs of Allergy

    AllerVision LLC
    17 Feb 2014 | 10:08 am
    The obvious underlying cause of sneezing may not necessarily be the right one. In medicine it’s all too easy to assume that a certain symptom is representative of a specific diagnosis. Since allergic symptoms are so common, this is a pitfall we need to be wary of. There’s an old adage, “All that wheezes isn’t asthma.” I’ll add to that “all that sneezes isn’t allergic rhinitis.” Often the only way to establish a definitive diagnosis is through diagnostic testing. A patient’s history is, of course, the foundation of a correct diagnosis…
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  • My New Allergy Friendly Store!

    Alanna Waldrop
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Check out my new store! I am very excited to unveil my new Allergy Friendly Store as an Amazon Affiliate. My hope is that anyone with gluten intolerance or allergies will find this site helpful! I have been making a lot of phone calls and doing a lot of research for myself over the past few months as I navigate my new soy free lifestyle. I hope that my research will help save you time and frustration and make your life a little easier. As of now, my site contains a variety of products that are soy free, and many are also gluten free as well as friendly to other allergies. Products include:…
  • Soy Free Spiced Mango Brulee

    Alanna Waldrop
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Soy Free Spiced Mango Brulee This is such an easy, delicious dessert, and it really tastes like pie! Three tips: pick a ripe mango, slice the mango lengthwise, and place the mango on a rack near the broiler.   Ingredients: One ripe mango 2 tbs. Turbinado Sugar 1/2 tsp Garam Masala (you could try cinnamon in a pinch) Soy Free Whipped Cream (optional; I made my own from organic whipping cream) Slice the mango lengthwise. The mango is a bit difficult to separate, so you may need to use a knife to cut the mango away from the seed. Place the two sections of mango (skin size down) on a lined…
  • Helpful Websites and Apps for Food Allergies

    Alanna Waldrop
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    When I first found out that I had a soy allergy, I was completely clueless, but these websites and apps have helped tremendously with my learning curve. I plan to update this website periodically based on your recommendations and on new apps I find. I am also including some websites and apps that are important for ANYONE that is looking to buy healthy products and foods. Environmental Working Group (and Skin Deep app) EWG’s website is full of good resources. They have a searchable database (and app!) called Skin Deep that has all kinds of great information on which cosmetics are better…
  • Soy Free Slow Cooker Curry Chicken

    Alanna Waldrop
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    I came up with this recipe while I was just beginning my elimination diet. There are a lot of other vegetables that you could add to this recipe as tolerated (potato, bell pepper, tomato, onion, corn, cauliflower, peas, etc.) Keep in mind that this recipe is very delicious, but its presentation is very simple for everyday dinners (not necessarily for guests.) If you have never tried garam masala, you should definitely try this recipe! Garam masala is a blend of spices including cinnamon, black pepper, cumin, cardamom, etc.) It’s also great on baked apples or carrots. 2 pounds skinless…
  • How My Life Has Changed

    Alanna Waldrop
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
    The term “lifestyle change” has become a household term. A lot of folks choose a diet plan,  join a gym, and suddenly they’re in the midst of a lifestyle change. For those of us with food allergies, a lifestyle change takes on a whole new meaning. When I met my husband, I was concerned with dating, my family and my career, and that was about it. While I could cook when I needed to, it was certainly not something that I could ever see see myself doing every day, not less three times a day. My husband still teases me to this day about a kitchen towel I had that said,…
 
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