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Managing Oral Allergy Syndrome

If you have oral allergy syndrome, chances are that you also have seasonal allergies to pollen from trees such as birch and alder, or you’re allergic to ragweed or grass pollens. Roughly one-third of North Americans with pollen-related allergies are thought to be affected. It’s not clear why the other two-thirds of hay fever sufferers […]

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All About Oral Allergy Syndrome

Mother always told you to eat your fruits and vegetables. Sometimes, mother was wrong. A less severe form of food allergy, called oral allergy syndrome, is a reaction to proteins in common raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. It’s called “oral allergy” syndrome or OAS because its symptoms are usually limited to the lips, mouth, […]

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All About Tree Nut Allergies

Tree nut allergies are one of the most common and fast-growing types of food allergies in North America today. When someone with a tree nut allergy ingests their allergen, even a trace amount, that person is at risk of a severe allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis. An anaphylactic reaction includes more than one of the body’s […]

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All About Peanut Allergy

Allergies to peanut are one of the most common and severe types of food allergies. When someone with a peanut allergy ingests peanuts, even a trace amount, that person is at risk of a severe allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis. An anaphylactic reaction includes more than one of the body’s systems, such as the respiratory tract, […]

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Managing Milk Allergy at School

As the mother of a dairy-allergic pre-teen, I am often asked: “How can anyone be allergic to milk?” From an early age, we’re taught that milk is good for you. It’s hard for people to fathom living without it, and then you explain that the allergy is not just to cow’s milk, but to a […]

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Dating with Allergies, a Tricky Business

Their second date was supposed to be a lovely evening in, complete with takeout vegetarian sushi that he was to buy at a place she trusted with her life. The first time they ever met, Lori Medoff, a Montreal optometrist and divorced mother of two, told Kenny Webber, the new man in her life, about […]

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Sulphite Allergy – Cooking Up Trouble

These chemical additives cause reactions that mimic allergy. But the reason why remains a mystery. Consider the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s list of the top 10 food groups that cause the most frequent and severe allergic reactions. Nine of the names will be familiar to most Canadians: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish and shellfish, […]

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Mike ‘Pinball’ & Diane Clemons on Life with Allergies

As the coach of the Toronto Argonauts football team, Mike “Pinball” Clemons has known nerve-wracking situations with player injuries and championship games. But nothing has been more challenging than having life-threatening allergies in the family. His wife Diane has asthma and shellfish allergies, and middle daughter Raven, 7, is allergic to all seafood. From their […]

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Oral Allergy Syndrome: The Eating Ain’t Easy

As a farm girl growing up outside of Port Colborne, Ont. in the late 1960s, summertime was the greatest. I’d run and play in the meadows where our cattle grazed, the grass soft under my bare feet. I recall climbing the apple and pear trees and have great memories of hunting for a new litter […]

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Canada Makes It The Top 11 Food Allergies

Mustard has taken its place among the top foods of concern for allergies in Canada. Health Canada announced in September 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. The news came as Health Canada outlined […]

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