Winter Allergies

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I was a little surprised the other day when I was with my friend and she was sneezing and sniffling. Since it’s December, I thought it was a cold. No, she assured me, it was allergies. So what is the story with winter allergies? Here’s a quick Q & A to answer some questions: Continue reading…

Traveling with Allergies

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I have a friend who is expecting her holiday company soon. She is wondering what kind of coffee they drink, if they will wear their shoes on her carpets and if their kids like baths at night before bed or showers in the mornings. All of these are normal concerns (I guess) but then another whole facet is thrown in when someone has allergies. There are some accommodations you can make and some you can’t, so what if you are the one traveling with allergies? How do you ensure a safe visit? Here are some tips, with help from allergies.about.com: Continue reading…

Creative Teacher Gifts…

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With the holidays around the corner, or should I say here already, lots of gifts are being given. What can you do for your teacher that keeps the class safe from allergens while making your teacher happy? There’s lots of good ideas out there that don’t include nut laden cookies or ornaments that say #1 Teacher. Just think outside the box a little and use what you know about your teacher. Continue reading…

Words From A Nurse Practitioner

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I recently had an opportunity to talk about allergies with a nurse practitioner and found what she had to say informative and soothing. I have written about my allergiest experience from years ago and still think that was just awful. He was adamant that anytime there is the slightest indication of a reaction, use the Epipen. Whether it’s a hive a mouth itch, anything. I liked what the nurse practitioner had to say. Continue reading…

An Epipen Alternative? Watch for the EpiCard

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Those of us with severe allergies and children with allergies anre used to carrying around the Epipen. We find cases to fit its long, slender shape; we recognize its look and have become accustomed to it. Well, for the first time in 25 years, it may have a competitor on the horizon. The Epicard is in late development stages, and it is “designed to be the smallest, safest, and most user-friendly auto-injector ever developed.” Continue reading…

Getting the Most from Your Doctor Visit

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Anytime you go to the doctor, whether it’s for yourself or your child, the visit has the potential to be overwhelming. This can be even more so when you are going for the first time regarding a medical condition, like allergies. You need to go in with a plan to provide maximum benefit and understanding, and preferable another adult to help you stay clear, ask questions and understand, as well as remember everything. I know I often am so busy concentrating on what is being said, that once I am  our of the office, I’ve forgotten it all. Here are a few tips that may help you through a doctor’s visit, whether it’s a standard check up or your first of many. Continue reading…

Labels… Confusing?

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We’ve often talked about how food labeling is confusing and not often clear. Do you go with the “made in the same factory” but avoid the “may contain traces”? Do you avoid anything with any possibility of containing your allergen? Do you not heed any of these warnings and just skip products with your allergen listed as an ingredient? Well, the FDA has found that more and more people are confused by the labels, therefore are the voluntary warning labels really working? Continue reading…

How Much Avoidance is Expected?

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The school year is settling in and we have been to open houses, getting to know our teachers and other parents. Some letters have gone home regarding children’s health, some from the nurse, some from parents. Some parents have spoken to the class during the open houses and some of the teachers have as well regarding allergies. Obviously I think it is tremendously important for everyone to be aware of allergies, and everyone needs to do their part, however, when do some expectations fall into the unrealistic category? Continue reading…

Back to School

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I hate to think it, but summer is on its way out. It seems I was just blogging about the beginning of summer and enjoying those first days of no alarm clock. Well, school is just around the corner and that means many things. For those of us with kids with allergies, one of the things it means is a place where we can’t monitor everything they do or come into contact with. But there is a lot we can do, beginning with letting all those who deal with our children be aware of their allergies. Continue reading…

Allergy Terms: Western, Eastern, Alternative…

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As you are deciding on your allergy treatment, or deciding to change what you are already doing, maybe to try something new, you may find a lot of confusing terms in your research. What’s the difference in alternative and Eastern, holistic and homeopathic, complementary and CAM? Here are some definitions and maybe these will help you sift through to find the best treatment, or combination, for you. Continue reading…

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