Quote of the Day - July 21st:
Once a dog is allergic, it will have that allergy for the rest of its life. If it's an environmental allergy, you can move away from it. If you and your dog move from New York to Arizona, you've changed botanical zones, but the allergy is not gone.
( Bruce Bender )

Surviving a Candle/Scent Allergy

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Have you ever gone into someone’s home, and though it smells great, you can’t stop sneezing, get a headache or maybe have trouble breathing? If they have candles burning, it could be that you are experiencing a candle allergy. Often it is the fragrance from the candle itself that leads to the sensitivity. Continue reading…

Confusing Allergies (Again!)

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As has been said so many times before, food allergy diagnosis is really a complicated and confusing issue. Not only is the diagnosis itself confusing, but so is what you are supposed to do next, and also what everyone is supposed to do. Continue reading…

Allergies and Fatigue

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Environmental allergy symptoms are more than sneezing and itchy eyes. They can manifest in headaches, stomach problems, and sleep disorders. People with upper respiratory allergies often suffer from not only sleepiness, but significant fatigue which can infringe on daily life. Continue reading…

Overly Restrictive Diets

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There has been recent research to show that many people who have been told they have food allergies are on overly restrictive diets to avoid all substances that they are allergic to. However, with blood tests, as well as skin tests, often the results show false positives. When this becomes a problem is when people avoid food that they aren’t really allergic to and poor weight gain, even malnutrition ensues. Continue reading…

Peanuts While Pregnant?

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When I was pregnant with my children, I ate a lot of peanut butter sandwiches. I didn’t eat meat so I needed protein, so at least two or three times a week, lunch was PB & J. There has been questions over the year, though, if pregnant women should eat peanuts. Though neither of my daughters is allergic to peanuts, one is allergic to tree nuts and they both are prone to skin allergies. Is this related to my peanut consumption? Continue reading…

Allergy Free Halloween Candy

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It’s only a few days away – the big candy day of Halloween. Many schools will be having Halloween parties and festivals this weekend in addition to trick or treating. Candy will be everywhere. Most of us know what is safe for our allergy kids, but you never know when something new to us will pop up. In a post from a week or so ago, I mentioned a friend calling about Swedish Fish. She is a seasoned allergy mom but was unsure about this candy, so she did just the right thing – she called the number on the back of the candy to make sure it was safe. So if you are not sure – call or refrain from giving it to your child. Continue reading…

Weird Allergies

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With Halloween coming, I thought it would be interesting to look into some of the odder allergies around. We hear about (and most of us reading this actually live with) food allergies and pollen allergies, dog and cat allergies and other environmentals like smoke and perfume. However, there are some doozies out there, so you never know what kind of allergy you or someone you love can develop. Continue reading…

Worries Never Cease

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Today I was at my sixth grade daughter’s school with a group of mom’s putting together reward bags for the students who received a certain number of behavior points. The bags were made up of candy that was donated by parents. You can probably imagine that there were plenty of peanuts – Snickers bars, Reece’s cups, and then all of the made in the factories, like M & M’s and other chocolates. Continue reading…

It’s Football Season

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Football season is here, and with it comes tailgating. Tailgating is a huge part of the season, but for those with any number of allergies, it can become a dangerous time. Whether it’s food, ragweed, yellow jackets or smoke, there seems to be plenty of allergens lurking around the tailgate waiting to strike. But there are ways to have a good time and not worry, follow these tips and Go Team! Continue reading…

Rugs and Blinds to Help Fight Allergies

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We know allergies are on the rise, from food allergies to hay fever to asthma related allergies. We all try to keep our homes as allergy free as possible, and sometimes that means getting rid of dust collectors, like carpets and draperies. Here are a few new alternatives I recently came across online. Continue reading…

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