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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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Top 3 Characteristics to Look for in an Allergist

September 19, 2018

Dr. George Kroker is a partner at Allergy Associates of La Crosse, a co-author of the La Crosse Method™ Protocol, and has been practicing allergy for 38 years. During his time as an allergist, he’s not only helped thousands of people overcome their allergies, but has done so while practicing kindness and compassion along the…

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

September 5, 2018

It’s gloomy, it can be loud, and it can ramp up your allergy and asthma symptoms. While damp conditions seem to be favorable for people with pollen allergy, a strong rain storm can actually shake up symptoms. If you experience strong allergy and asthma symptoms after a storm, you’re not alone – it’s a real allergy…

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Decrease Allergies and Increase Productivity in the Classroom

August 22, 2018

“Are you ready to go back to school?” Depending on whom you ask — and, maybe, the age of the student — you’ll likely get a different response. Younger kids may squeal with excitement while the teens groan, wishing for an endless summer. With the rise of allergy, both environmental and food, students and parents…

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Does SLIT impact asthma? New review indicates yes.

August 8, 2018

Big news for sublingual immunotherapy came in the form of a comparative effectiveness review recently. A group of allergy researchers compared 31 subcutaneous immunotherapy studies, 18 sublingual immunotherapy studies, and 5 combined studies “to assess the efficacy and safety of immunotherapy for treating allergic asthma.” The results showed that overall, immunotherapy is a valid treatment…

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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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Allergy Can Take the Beauty Out of Beauty Products

July 11, 2018

The products we use to beautify ourselves cause reactions for many people, leaving them with red, raised skin – a bit counteractive, if you ask me. Beauty products such as shampoo, mascara, lotion, perfume, and eye shadow can all contribute to itching, scratching and even sneezing for people who are “allergic to makeup.” While some…

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Hypoallergenic pets—is that really a thing?

June 27, 2018

Hypoallergenic has been defined as “designed to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response; as by containing relatively few or no potentially irritating substances.” In some products, like fragrances or make up, this label is easily understood, but it’s not as easy to comprehend when it comes to animals. Can a dog be…

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7 Ways to Avoid Cabin Fever (aka summer allergies!)

June 13, 2018

There are two kinds of cabin fever. You’re familiar with the first one, the anxiousness as you wait to get to the cabin – the pontoon, swimming, campfires, outdoors, relaxation and sunshine – after a long winter. The second form kicks in once you get to the cabin: The allergy symptoms that come from every…

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