Food Allergy

Epinephrine Auto-Injectors for Outsiders

October 3, 2018

When I volunteered at a camp, a 7-year-old gave me her backpack and she went to play with the other kids in bouncy houses and on playgrounds. This backpack held the daunting EpiPen, and I felt a lot of pressure, holding this lifesaving responsibility on my back. If the unfortunate situation of an allergic reaction…

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What Does “May Contain” Really Mean for Food Labeling?

July 25, 2018

Somewhere between vague and confusing is a food label stating “may contain.” For people with food allergy, knowing if those crackers or that cake contain their allergen is nonnegotiable. So what’s up with the indistinct labels and confusing language? Emily Melby, RDN, at Allergy Associates of La Crosse, explains where this label came from, what…

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Anxiety About Food Allergies

April 4, 2018

When someone is first diagnosed with a food allergy, there are many emotions that emerge. Over time, it may become easier to adjust, but anxiety can be a real problem. What makes food allergies so stressful? Three basic human needs are food, safety, and belonging. An issue with food allergies is that these very different…

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Milk Allergy or Lactose Intolerance?

March 21, 2018

There are many individuals who have to avoid milk, but why do they have to? Is it because of an allergy or intolerance? Many people don’t realize that there are different causes to some of the similar symptoms, like stomach upset, that can occur after consuming milk. There is a difference between cow’s milk allergy…

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Rethinking Holiday Traditions and their Link to Food

November 29, 2017

When I think of the holidays, I think of food. Turkey, ham, stuffing, bread, pie, chocolate, butter, green beans… all of it. Of course, I think about sitting around the table with family devouring the delicious meal (and the 3 hour nap that always seems to follow), but also the creation of it. During the holidays,…

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My Child Will Outgrow Food Allergies | Allergy Myth #1

October 18, 2017

Eight percent of children less than two years old suffer from food allergies, and many go untreated due to the common allergy myth “my child will outgrow food allergies.” We’ll pause here and say that it’s not a complete myth; many children do indeed grow out of their food allergy. However Vijay Sabnis, MD, partner…

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Teal is the New Orange

October 4, 2017

Will I be too cold if I don’t wear a jacket? How fast do you think I can go door to door down this street? Who wants my Almond Joy bars? Will this house have a treat I can actually eat? Does this candy bar have peanuts in it? Do we have a treatment plan…

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The gluten-free dilemma | Should I be gluten-free? And how?

August 23, 2017

Eating gluten free is on the minds of many health conscious people today, but why is it important for some people to eat gluten free and not others? Let’s take some time and explore three health conditions related to the need to reduce or eliminate gluten and how it can be managed. First, it’s important…

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Food allergies!?! Now what do I eat?

March 22, 2017

Once diagnosed with a food allergy, you might be asked to eliminate the allergic food or foods from your diet if you have had a severe reaction in the past. If your allergy is milder in nature, your allergist may want you to reduce your exposure to the allergic food to decrease symptoms. However, eliminating…

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Food Allergies: Holiday Hints for Keeping it Safe and Delicious

December 14, 2016

December is a month full of celebrations, friends, family, food and drink. For children and adults with food allergies, it can be a time of anxiety and stress. Parents can find themselves in constant worry mode, wondering if this will be the time their child is exposed to their life-threatening food allergy, or whether there…

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