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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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Epinephrine and education: Perspectives using the La Crosse Method

January 25, 2017

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…

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Cold urticaria: What is it and how can it be treated?

January 11, 2017

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.…

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Dining out with Food Allergies: A Beginner’s Guide

June 1, 2016

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…

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You’ve Been Diagnosed With a Food Allergy. Now What?!?

May 18, 2016

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…

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The Problem with Allergy Avoidance

January 27, 2016

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…

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