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What Causes Your Reaction to Alcohol?

Asthma. For some, even a sip or two of wine can make their airways tighten and inflamed – and a common trigger is sulfites, added to wines as a preservative. (Contrary to popular belief, white wines usually have more sulfites than reds.) Even the wines labeled “sulfite-free” usually contain small amounts of the substance because […]

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Profile: Author John Grisham’s Allergy Mystery

He’s known for his bestselling novels and the hit films they inspired: The Firm, A Time to Kill, The Pelican Brief, The Client, to name a few. His dashing protagonists unlock secrets, ferret out corruption, and bring culprits to justice. But 14 years ago author John Grisham found himself caught in his own personal thriller, […]

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The Scoop On: Raw vs. Cooked Fruit

Struggling with an itchy mouth? A peach may not be beyond reach.

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Your Child and Food Allergy Fear and Anxiety

How to prepare – not scare – your child about managing life.

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Q&A: Is There A ‘Safe Level’ for Peanut in Foods?

Allergic Living magazine is closely following scientific investigations of whether it’s possible to identify a “safe level” of peanut in manufactured foods. Editor Gwen Smith wrote a feature article on this controversial topic in the Winter 11-12 issue of the magazine. Following are some key points from her interview with lead investigators Dr. Steve Taylor […]

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Family Food Feud: Relatives and Allergies

When relatives don’t “get” your allergies, it’s a recipe for quarrels and broken bonds.

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Shellfish and Fish Allergies Explored

From the Allergic Living Archives. A quick test: what’s the most widespread food allergy in North America today? If you answered ‘peanut’, that’s incorrect. But you could hardly be blamed given that legume’s notoriety. The right answer is seafood – from fish to crustaceans and mollusks. At a time when every “must-try” new restaurant is […]

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Managing Life Avoiding Soy or Other Legumes

The only current treatment for these allergies is to avoid all traces of soy and legumes and products that may contain them. If your allergic child (or you) eats soy or legumes with a known allergy, the drug epinephrine (adrenaline) will be needed to halt the reaction. But using the epinephrine auto-injector is an emergency […]

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What’s New: Mustard’s Dubious New Distinction

Mustard has taken its place among the top foods of concern for allergies in Canada. Health Canada announced in September 2009 that it is adding the seed on its list of “priority allergens”, which also includes peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat and sulphites. Health Canada also developed criteria with […]

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Managing Sesame and Seed Allergies

You’ve just come home from the doctor’s office. You have a white prescription slip for an EpiPen and a newly diagnosed sesame allergy for your child. Life is about to change, but rest assured, food allergies can be managed. It helps if you to adopt a cautious, not fearful, approach and develop a plan. Allergy […]

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