It Finally Happened: Seeing Sesame on Food Labels
It finally happened! Thanks to The Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act that was passed in April of 2021, sesame is required to be listed as a major food allergen on food and beverage package labels. This change went into effect on January 1, 2023. This blog breaks down the importance of…Read More
Essential School Supplies for Children With Allergies And Asthma
For many parents, sending their allergic or asthmatic children back to school can be a nightmare. It can trigger worry of your child’s safety as they are exposed to an environment with many different substances that could potentially harm them. That’s why we put together a list of essential school supplies your allergic child should…Read More
Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance: What’s the Difference?
The difference between a food intolerance and food allergies can be confusing. Find out what causes symptoms, what symptoms look like, diagnostic processes, and how allergy drop immunotherapy can treat the cause of food allergy. What is a food intolerance? A food intolerance can occur from a variety of causes including a missing enzyme needed to digest food,…Read More
Epinephrine Auto-Injectors for Outsiders
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…Read More
Epinephrine and education: Perspectives using the La Crosse Method
With the recent controversy over skyrocketing EpiPen prices, more patients and providers are scrutinizing when — or whether — the life-saving epinephrine device is needed for use with sublingual immunotherapy using the La Crosse Method Protocol. In the experience of the La Crosse Method Protocol authors, the safety of sublingual immunotherapy following the La Crosse…Read More
Cold urticaria: What is it and how can it be treated?
Can you be allergic to the cold? Yes! Cold urticaria (ur-tih-KAR-e-uh) is common in colder climates and is often called “cold hives.” It can develop soon after the skin is exposed to cold temperatures. These itchy, red hives or welts can have various symptoms, but often the hands and feet also become itchy and swollen.…Read More
Dining out with Food Allergies: A Beginner’s Guide
As anyone with food allergies knows, dining out with food allergies can be a chore! Finding a restaurant that not only offers allergy-free meals, but also is watchful for cross contamination issues is essential to a successful dining experience. Below are some tips to help you and your family enjoy the dining experience. First, do…Read More
You’ve Been Diagnosed With a Food Allergy. Now What?!?
So you or your child has recently been diagnosed with a food allergy. Feeling overwhelmed? Learning you or a family member will need to eliminate or decrease your favorite foods – or continue to wreak havoc on your body – is life changing for everyone involved. Where do you start and how can you make…Read More
The Problem with Allergy Avoidance
Every time I see a headline about another fatal or near-fatal allergic reaction to food, it makes me sad. Then it makes me angry. With food allergy on the rise in the U.S., more food allergic people, and parents of food allergic children, have raised a red flag and demanded better answers and solutions. As…Read More