Quote of the Day - December 15th:
The most important diagnostic tool is the patient's history. Is there an association between eating the food and having symptoms? Hidden food allergy is uncommon. Most food allergies occur with a direct relationship C you eat the food, then you have a reaction. It is usually a pretty obvious reaction.
( Jay M. Portnoy )

Allegra Is Going OTC

By Heather Legg | 1 Comment »

There will be one more allergy medicine on the shelves of your favorite pharmacy this spring. The Food and Drug Administration has just approved the sale of Allegra as an over the counter drug. A prescription is no longer needed. Allegra is used for the relief of allergy symptoms like sneezing; runny nose; itchy, watery eyes; and itchy nose or throat and is said to work within an hour of taking it. Continue reading…

Gluten Free and Inspiration in Rachael Ray

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I have been noticing, and maybe writing, about how more allergy friendly recipes are becoming more and more mainstream. They are not only found in allergy free cookbooks and on sites, but also on places like the Food Network site and today as I was reading my Everyday with Rachael Ray, I was impressed to see not only gluten free advertisements, but also a page or two on gluten free cooking and some good basic advice on cooking for and with allergies. Continue reading…

Night Time Itchy Skin

By Heather Legg | 3 Comments »

We know winter is a bad time for those with dry, itchy skin and we try our best to combat it. My nine year old daughter wakes up almost every night with itchy flare ups, even though we slather her with lotion before she goes to bed and have cut her showers back to no more than every other night. So why does it flare up at night? She can go all day with barely an itch and then her eczema wakes her up at night. I recently have had three or four friends tell me the same thing, one is even going through it herself. Continue reading…

Pets on Airplanes

By Heather Legg | 2 Comments »

Recently we were on a flight and not one, but two dogs were on it. Now I don’t have a problem with pets on planes, but I am not allergic to them, and unless up close and personal, no one in my family does. However, just as there is currently a lot of controversy over allergy provoking foods on planes, there is some debate about whether pets should be allowed on planes. Continue reading…

Citrus Allergy: Goodbye Lemons, Oranges…

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Just by eating citrus fruit, have you ever experienced allergy-like symptoms? These symptoms include watery eyes, a runny nose, and rashes on the skin. Along with the appearance of hives, you could feel some tingling in your lips and tongue. As the allergy grows more severe, your voice could become hoarse and your throat would tighten. In some cases, these would also be accompanied by symptoms of nausea, vomiting diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Continue reading…

Restaurants and Food Allergies

By Heather Legg | No Comments »

We were recently in a restaurant where items that had anything to do with the big allergens were marked and a note at the bottom said something to the effect of “If you have food allergies, please let our staff know.” Very assuring that the awareness is spreading. Continue reading…

A Good Look at the Difference a Food Allergy and a Food Intolerance

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Apparently, there is a large number of people who report being allergic to certain foods when actually they are intolerant. But what really is the difference? Is it important to know the distinction between the two? Here are a few FAQ to help determine the differences. Continue reading…

Acupuncture for Allergies

By Heather Legg | No Comments »

We talk a lot about how to treat allergies, whether they are food related or environmental. For the most part, avoidance and medication is the most common method of treatment, and that medication can be anything from immunotherapy to over the counter or prescription meds, including antihistamines, Epipens and other allergy medicine. Continue reading…

Big 8 Allergies

By Heather Legg | 1 Comment »

I came across a great piece the other day with a thorough breakdown of the big 8 allergies. We know them as wheat, soybeans, fish, shellfish, eggs, cow’s milk, peanuts and tree nuts, and these 8 foods cause 90% of food allergic reactions. That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of other foods that cause allergies (kiwi and avocados some big ones), but these are the major ones. These are the ones you read about and see postings for in restaurants and on ingredient lists. Continue reading…

Happy New Year

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You hear people say all the time how fast time goes, it really does! I can’t believe the year is ending, and all we can do is look forward to the new one and welcome 2011. Many of us set some goals, resolutions, or at least have some wishes for the New Year.  Here is what I’m thinking I’d like to see for 2011: Continue reading…

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