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How much are you spending on your seasonal allergies?

May 15, 2019

You stayed on budget on your spring break trip. No home improvement projects. No shopping sprees.  Where did your money disappear to this spring? Environmental allergies are more than a nuisance; they’re costly. Below are five allergy-related costs you may have contributed to this spring. Over the counter (OTC) products After a few days of…

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Save Money While Grocery Shopping with Food Allergies

May 1, 2019

How much money do you spend on food each year when living with a food allergy? According to a study conducted by food allergy researcher Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, and her colleagues, food allergy diagnosis has a major economic impact on families. The highest proportion of direct-out of pocket costs stem from the cost of…

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Pink Eye or Allergies?

April 17, 2019

Whether it’s itching, burning, or redness, eye irritation is just that — irritating. Understanding what’s causing your symptoms can help you calm the redness and get back to seeing clearly. We’ve outlined the difference between pink eye and allergies, two common causes of eye irritation. Pink eye Cause: Virus or bacteria Contagious: Yes Symptoms: Pus…

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Food Allergy Tools Worth Exploring

April 3, 2019

Managing a food allergy is difficult, especially when first diagnosed. Leaning in to friends, family, and support groups is an awesome support, but what about food allergy tools online? We put together information on three that are worth exploring, Allergy Eats, My Teal Ticket and Spokin! Check them out. Allergy Eats Food allergies shouldn’t prevent…

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What Are You Missing From Milk?

March 20, 2019

Have you heard the recent buzz about rising milk allergies in the U.S.? For those with a milk allergy, it’s important to replace the nutrients taken away when eliminating milk with alternatives. Here you’ll find milk’s essential nutrients, the importance of milk in the human diet, and alternatives to milk. Milk’s Essential Nutrients Cow’s milk…

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Replacing Lost Nutrients Due to Food Allergies

March 6, 2019

Many people mistake a food intolerance for a food allergy. For those with diagnosed food allergy, contact with a certain protein causes the body to produce an immunoglobulin E antibody (IgE), which can result in a variety of symptoms. The majority of food allergy diagnoses require complete avoidance of foods containing the allergen. A food…

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Are my allergies giving me anxiety?

February 20, 2019

Anxiety and depression come in all forms — so does allergy. But are the two conditions related? Dr. George Kroker, partner at Allergy Associates of La Crosse and a co-author of the La Crosse Method™ Protocol explains the intriguing link between allergies and anxiety and depression. More notably, he has often seen gratifying improvements in both…

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How to Choose a Food Allergy Friendly Hotel this Spring Break

February 6, 2019

There’s no doubt that food allergy parents know their way around Google. After a food allergy diagnosis within a family, online searches are common: Safe restaurants, ingredient lists, “grocery stores near me.” When leaving the comfortable bubble of your hometown, no amount of searching can make you totally comfortable. A bit of uncertainty will just…

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Could Your Heartburn Symptoms be Allergy?

January 23, 2019

As if sneezing and itching wasn’t enough, some people experience heartburn symptoms due to their environmental and/or food allergens. Throughout his 37 years as an allergist, Dr. George Kroker, partner at Allergy Associates of La Crosse and a co-author of the La Crosse Method™ Protocol, has seen many patients with complex allergy conditions who have experienced heartburn…

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