Oral Allergy Syndrome vs. Food Allergies: Strawberries

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There have been quite a few comments on this site regarding a past article on strawberry allergies. You don’t hear of fruit allergies near as much as allergies to the other “major” allergens, but obviously, strawberry and other fruit allergens are definitely a problem. Symptoms can range from itchy mouth or lips, to hives and rashes, to anaphylactic shock. Continue reading…

Allergy Free Food Areas in Parks

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Yesterday my family went to a major league baseball game, the first one we took our kids to. Yes, we knew we’d spending a small down payment on a car there, but we went and had a fantastic time. It did make me think, though, what do families with peanut allergies do? Continue reading…

Trader Joe’s for Allergy Shopping

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The last time I was shopping in my neighborhood Trader Joe’s market, I happened to notice a large amount of Gluten free products. This in turn made me look a little closer at some other products in regards to allergies. I liked what I saw. Continue reading…

Living Gluten Free

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Whether it is due to a gluten allergy or to celiac disease, being gluten free is not easy, though it may be necessary for your health. Though both gluten allergy and celiac disease may have similar symptoms, celiac disease involves damage to the small intestine which in turn leads to a variety of other health problems. Continue reading…

Beyond A Peanut Flashcards

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A reader recently posted a recommended tool for anyone wanting to learn, or teach, about food allergies. This tool is the Beyond A Peanut Flashcards, which were created “to help educate children with a peanut allergy, their families, friends, and other individuals who provide care for children with peanut allergies.”  I decided to do a little checking into these cards and like what I found. They have been deemed highly effective and have made a big difference in the lives of many peanut and tree nut allergy sufferers. Continue reading…

Chocolate: Friend or Foe

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I think I probably eat some chocolate every day. I love it. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, high end and a good old Hershey bar. For some, however, chocolate just doesn’t work. There can be a few reasons why, whether it’s an allergy to the milk in the chocolate or the nuts used in the factory, or maybe a sensitivity to the caffeine in the chocolate. Perhaps this piece will help you if you suffer from any of these and are still searching for the perfect bite of chocolate. Continue reading…

Avocados : Not One but Two Types of Allergic Reactions

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Though it’s not one of the allergy “biggies,” avocados cause their share of allergies. And though they usually don’t cause the extreme reactions that other allergens may cause, there is still a possibility of anaphylaxis when it comes to avocados. The distinction between the reactions is connected with the type of avocado allergy, because there are two types. Continue reading…

Allergy Free Easter Baskets

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As promised, here are some ideas for allergy free Easter basket goodies. It’s always a challenge to be creative when putting together something for your child, but even more so when your child has an allergy. With Easter, you have not only dairy and nut allergies to worry about, but also eggs are a biggie. Of course, you’re going to leave out the real eggs if your child is allergic, so what are some fun things to substitute? Continue reading…

Easter Eggs for Egg Allergies

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Here comes another holiday, and with it comes the difficulty of tackling it with food allergies. With Easter in less than two weeks, many of us are preparing Easter baskets and getting ready for egg hunts. But what if your child has an egg allergy, or a milk or nut allergy (chocolate)? Just like with everything else we do, we just need to be a little more creative. Continue reading…

Controversial Comment

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On Allergymoms.com this week, there is a post that is sure to spark conversation. The poster, Gina, even states the fact that she debated to post it because of the negativity of the information. Apparently, one of the American Idol contestants has a peanut allergy and on another site, it was suggested that the other contestants could or might use this against her. Continue reading…

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