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Are You Sure You’re Penicillin Allergic?

Leslie Hancock always thought she was allergic to penicillin. She was told that, at a young age, she had reacted to the antibiotic. “I was always told: ‘Do not take penicillin, it could kill you.” So I always put ‘penicillin-allergic’ on my medical charts.” She avoided it her entire life and, plagued with sinus infections, her doctors had to resort to […]

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The Truth About Drug Allergies

How to tell an allergy from a side effect, the big offenders, the types of medication reactions, and what to do if you’re busting out in hives. First published in Allergic Living magazine. Click here to subscribe.  It was a string of bad luck. First, Julie Sane’s house was destroyed in a fire and her family was forced […]

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6 Steps to a Successful Field Trip with Food Allergies – Canada

Originally published in Allergic Living’s Spring 2016 magazine; to subscribe click here. For the related U.S. article, click here. While school field trips have the potential for unwanted exposures, they are an important part of your child’s education, and worth the extra planning required. The Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology’s national guidelines, called “Anaphylaxis in Schools and Other Settings,” recommend […]

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Field Trips & Food Allergies: Staying Safe Beyond the Classroom

School outings are rewarding, but allergy hazards can lurk in unfamiliar terrain. Allergic Living explores the right way to sidestep perils beyond the classroom comfort zone. First published in the  Spring 2016 magazine; to subscribe click here. When 8-year-old Nate visited a local historical site with his class in the Cleveland area last year, it was meant to be an eye-opening chance to travel back […]

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6 Steps to a Successful Field Trip with Food Allergies

First published in Allergic Living’s Spring 2016 magazine; to subscribe click here. For the related Canadian article, click here. While field trips have the potential for danger, they are an important part of your child’s education, and worth the effort. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies In Schools and Early Care and Education Programs” recommend that schools […]

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Wide Celiac Testing Not Yet Supported

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force made an effort to develop recommendations for celiac screening.

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OIT Gets Ready for Prime Time

Peanut oral immunotherapy in a capsule is close to approval, bringing hope — not of a cure — but of lives lived with less vulnerability. FOR MORE than seven years, Alex lived like most kids with peanut allergies: he strictly avoided the legumes. His mom, Sarah Thomas, read food labels, grilled restaurant staff, and sent safe cupcakes for Alex […]

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Standarized OIT Takes Steps Forward

A pharmaceutical approach to oral immunotherapy is a step closer to approval by the Food and Drug Administration. The treatment, called AR101, is being developed by a company called Aimmune Therapeutics. The company’s aim is to make people less allergic to peanuts by having them take a specially formulated peanut powder in increasing doses over […]

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Staph Infections on the Eczema Patient’s Skin Linked to Peanut Allergy

Many patients with eczema go on to develop food allergies, a phenomenon often referred to as “the allergic march.” But the exact relationship between the two diseases has so far been unclear. Lately, however, the theory that food proteins slip in through the compromised skin barrier of a child with eczema, leading to sensitization and […]

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Brave Pioneers: The Families in Food Allergy Trials

They’re the courageous food allergy parents and children testing therapies still in the experimental stages.

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