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‘Natural’ moisturisers can cause Food Allergies


Photo Credit: Jos Van Galen

Photo Credit: Jos Van Galen

Professor Robyn O’Hehir, Director of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, said many creams – even for the treatment of dry skin and eczema – are advertised as ‘natural’ products.  “Surprisingly, some of these products contain foods which are known to cause allergy,” Professor O’Hehir said.

“Goat’s milk, cow’s milk, nut oils and oats are common ingredients in ‘natural’ cosmetics.”

Professor O’Hehir said the study, published this month in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, was the first to demonstrate in the laboratory evidence of a link between topical application of cosmetics and the subsequent development of food allergy. 

Health News – ‘Natural’ moisturisers can cause food allergies. To read more, please click on the above link.

Got Food Allergies? How to Trim Your Grocery Bill


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Photo Credit: northshorekids.com


1. Prepare Home Cooked Meals

The best way to cut costs when dealing with food allergies is to start cooking at home.

2. Research Non-Traditional Grocers
If you start prepping your own meals, check for a local farmers market near you.

3. Follow Allergy-Friendly Websites
Once you find an allergy-friendly food brand you trust, search its website for printable coupons.

4. Research Coupons
Sign up for your local grocer’s loyalty program.

5. Buy in Bulk
In my experience, allergen-friendly foods rarely go on sale. When you do see a deal, stock up as much as possible.

6. Pay Attention to Labels
Although you probably already know this, it bears repeating. If you have a severe allergy, always read ingredient labels. Remember, even if the food you’re purchasing is allergen-free, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t processed in a plant that handles other foods. Never assume a boxed, canned, processed, or bagged food is allergen-free.


Got Food Allergies? How to Trim Your Grocery Bill | Saving Money In Chicago.

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8 Things a Kid with a Food Allergy Wants You to Know | Katie Madigan | Laura Bleill

8 Things a Kid with a Food Allergy Wants You to Know.

1. “Be safer.”

2. “Get cakes with no allergies.”

3. “Always wash your hands.”

4. “Allergies make you sick. Doesn’t mean you don’t like it.”

5. “If you’re my friend don’t bring peanut stuff in your lunch.”

6. “I take my Epi-Pen everywhere I go.”

7. “Epi-Pens are not a pen, they are shots.”

8. “I am just like other kids.”

See more at: http://www.chambanamoms.com/2014/05/13/8-things-a-kid-with-a-food-allergy-wants-you-to-know/#sthash.190dCTy2.dpuf

Epipen Can Prevent Death from Allergies

“I’d like to write a few words about anaphylaxis in the wake of that terrible tragedy before Christmas, where a young girl died on Dublin’s O’Connell Street from a peanut allergy. Doubtless, the City Coroner will assemble all the facts of the case and issue some recommendations with his verdict, but I think it’s high time that the management of children and adults with life-threatening allergies was given the priority it deserves by our public health service. Ireland has probably the worst allergy services in Western Europe. Education is woefully lacking in this area, as are trained specialists. It would also seem like an opportune time to set up a national anaphylaxis clinic that would register and manage patients who are potentially one ingested allergen away from sudden death. This country was able to spend millions placing thousands of never-to-be-used, rusting defibrillators all over the country, yet, when a life-saving adrenaline pen is required, there is none to be found. I don’t know if it’s feasible to put a publically accessible EpiPen in every surgery, pharmacy, school or restaurant in the country, but this awful tragedy reminds us that some serious lessons need to be learned.”


To read more, please click on this link Rude health: Taking steps to prevent death from allergies.

Stocking Epinephrine in Schools Might Save Lives | HealthDay News

As a pediatrician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Sarah Denny has seen her share of the life-threatening reactions that can happen with food allergies.

That didn’t make it any less scary when her son Liam, then 18 months old, drank soy milk and was soon covered in hives and having trouble breathing. Moments later, he was unconscious.

She called 911 while her husband jabbed their son in the thigh with an epinephrine pen. “I could hear sirens on the way to us,” Denny recalled. “I’m holding Liam out on the curb, and my medical brain kicked in. I thought, ‘I need to be doing chest compressions.’ ”

She didn’t have to — the epinephrine quickly took effect. On the way to the hospital, her son woke up. Fifteen minutes later he was smiling and talking again.

“Epinephrine works very quickly. As long as you give it soon enough, it can reverse a [severe] reaction,” Denny said. “It’s truly lifesaving. Had we waited to give it or just called 911, I’m not sure he would have survived.”

To help ensure children like Liam can get epinephrine when it’s needed, new federal legislation encourages schools to have epinephrine for any child who needs it. Signed into law by President Barack Obama last November, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act gives states a financial incentive for passing legislation requiring that schools have epinephrine on hand and personnel trained in how to use it. Obama’s daughter Malia has a peanut allergy.

“Epinephrine needs to be given right away, within five minutes of the onset of symptoms,” said Dr. David Stukus, an allergist and immunologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “If you wait longer, the risk for death increases.”

…But about one in four first-time food-allergy reactions happens at school, and the parents might not even realize their child is allergic. Denny kept an EpiPen at home because she knew Liam was allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. But he had eaten soy before with no issues.

…Currently, 26 states permit schools to stock epinephrine for use in any child who needs it. Only five states — Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada and Virginia — require schools to stock epinephrine, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

That leaves 19 states that have no such legislation.

The federal legislation gives states that require schools to stock epinephrine preference for receiving asthma education grants. Also, state and federal legislation empowers school personnel to take action to save a life.

“We would like to see state legislatures require [schools to stock epinephrine],” said John Lehr, CEO of Food Allergy Research & Education. “We understand that each state and locality needs to make its own budgeting decisions, but we believe that having stock epinephrine in the schools will save lives.”

“All of the [epinephrine pens] are easy to learn to use and safe, even if accidentally given to someone without a food allergy or [someone who is] not having a food-allergy reaction,” Stukus said. “It’s adrenaline, which we all have in our bodies.”

To read more, please click on this link Stocking Epinephrine in Schools Might Save Lives.

Please call your school to make sure epipen is stocked.

Planning an Allergy-Friendly Birthday Party (usnews.com)

Planning an Allergy-Friendly Birthday Party – (usnews.com).

Here are some tips I garnered for when you find yourself in a similar situation:

• Inquire about dietary restrictions when sending out the invitation: To give yourself plenty of time to figure out the menu and arrange for special accommodations if needed, it’s best to ask guests about any dietary restrictions well in advance.


• Make a pizza plan B: Pizza is a fairly typical menu staple at kids’ parties, but it’s problematic for guests with dairy or wheat allergies, Celiac disease or who follow vegan diets.

If you’re hosting a party at home, it’s easy enough to pick up an allergy-friendly frozen pizza to offer – look for gluten-free options from Udi’s or gluten-free/dairy-free options from Amy’s Kitchen.


• Enlist help from parents of guests with food allergies: If you’re concerned about being able to accommodate the dietary needs of a guest with food allergies, don’t hesitate to reach out to his or her parents to ask questions or request help in ensuring appropriate options are available.

• Emphasize fun over food: While food is expected at a birthday party, the folks at Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) suggest that it need not be the focal point of everything from goody bags to classroom celebrations.

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Hungry Middle Schoolers Create Prize-Winning Allergy App – ABC News

Hungry Middle Schoolers Create Prize-Winning Allergy App – ABC News.

When 13-year-old Samantha Hinton is unsure of the ingredients in a snack, she just doesn’t eat it.

That’s because Samantha is among the growing population of food allergy sufferers in the United States, and she fears a bite containing peanuts could kill her.

“I know it’s deadly,” she told ABC News. “And the side effects are just too scary.”

But a team of eighth-graders at her New Hampshire school created a smartphone app that could make navigating the cafeteria a whole lot easier. The Hampstead Academy students took home the grand prize at Verizon’s App Challenge with their idea for “Chow Checker,” an app that identifies food allergens.

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A Painless Alternative to Allergy Shots on the Way



(NBC NEWS) — Some allergy sufferers may soon be able to ditch shots in favor of something less painful.

A panel of experts is meeting at the Food and Drug Administration today and is expected to decide whether to recommend full F.D.A. approval for allergy tablets that would be dissolved under the tongue.

Two companies are seeking F.D.A. approval for tablets to treat people with grass and pollen allergies.

Tablets may allow patients to treat themselves at home.

But that luxury concerns some allergists.

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Holidays pose problems to people with food allergies

Holidays pose problems to people with food allergies.

Follow these tips to minimize the risk of allergy and anaphylaxis. 

  1. When accepting an invitation, tell your host about your, or your child’s, dietary restrictions. To avoid a fuss at the table, make sure your child knows ahead of time which foods to stay away from.
  2. Ask how food — including desserts — will be prepared. Utensils used to prepare one dish can transfer traces of an allergen to other dishes.
  3. Offer to bring a dish that everyone can eat.
  4. Read all labels. Ingredients can change, so don’t assume a product that was once safe is still OK to eat.
  5. Time permitting, cook from scratch so you control all the ingredients. Freeze extra portions to save time later.
  6. Make a list available of each dish’s ingredients, especially if you’re serving a buffet and are too busy to answer every guest’s questions.

(by Patti Singer)

Read more about it by clicking the link above. Also, remember to take your Epipen with you if you are at risk for anaphylaxis.

Food Allergy Awareness Heads to President’s Desk – ABC News

Food Allergy Awareness Heads to President\’s Desk – ABC News.


The deaths of two girls in Illinois and Virginia from severe food allergies have helped spur efforts to get schools to stockpile emergency medications that can save lives.

That effort has now reached the highest level: President Barack Obama\’s desk. The president was expected to sign a bipartisan bill that offers a financial incentive to states if schools stockpile epinephrine, considered the first-line treatment for people with severe allergies. The medication is administered by injection, through preloaded EpiPens or similar devices.

Several states have passed or are considering bills that also aim to stock epinephrine in schools, primarily in nurse\’s offices. And late last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its first guidelines to schools on how to protect kids with food allergies. The guidelines, which are voluntary, ask schools to take steps to restrict common foods that cause allergic reactions and to make epinephrine available.

“Everything is moving in the direction which adheres to our mission, which is to keep kids safe and included in schools,\” said John Lehr, the chief executive officer of the Food Allergy Research and Education advocacy organization.

Read more at Food Allergy Awareness Heads to President\’s Desk – ABC News.


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