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Are Allergic Reactions Without Hives Unusual?

Q: I’d been led to understand that you had to have hives to have an allergic reaction, but my daughter, who’s 14, has come through an anaphylactic reaction to nuts (she ate a food product that turned out to contain cashews). She was nauseated, wheezing and the ER said her blood pressure dropped low. But not […]

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Five Fast Facts About Chronic Body Hives

Hives that are caused by body and environmental triggers are known as physical urticarias and include: Solar Hives  Heading South for the Winter? Some people develop urticaria from a reaction to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Avoidance of direct sun, including protective dressing and using a sunblock are important. Pressure Hives: Those affected will get hives about […]

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Why Does Asthma Put a Food-Allergic Child at a Higher Risk of Anaphylaxis?

Q: Why does asthma put a child with food allergies at higher risk of anaphylaxis than other children with food allergies?  Dr. Sicherer: Asthma is a condition in which the airways narrow, become inflamed and make extra mucus. There are many triggers of asthma including airborne allergens, exercise, infections, smoke, cold air, and others. Foods that are otherwise tolerated are […]

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Anaphylaxis: An Allergy Dad’s Wake-Up Call

A father shares the story of his 3-year-old son’s terrifying severe allergic reaction, and why it changed everything.

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Are Lupine Beans Related to Peanuts?

Q: While traveling in France, I had a brioche from a bakery. I’d been assured there were no peanuts in use (I’m an allergic 24-year-old). But after eating it, my throat began to tighten, breathing got difficult and I was sick to my stomach. I used my auto-injector and quickly felt better. I followed up with […]

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Parents Grieve after Son, 7, Dies of Food Allergy, Asthma Attack

A NY City father is searching for answers after his 7-year-old son, suffered a fatal anaphylactic reaction & asthma attack following Halloween festivities.

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Is It Safe For Those With Shellfish Allergies To Consume Sea Salt?

Q: I’m a chef and often serve food to allergic customers. Is it safe for those with shellfish allergies to consume sea salt? I’ve read that it can contain a microscopic type of shellfish.  Dr. Sicherer: Sea salt differs from table salt primarily because sea salt is evaporated from seawater rather than refined from mined salt. […]

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How Do I Know Exactly When to Use the Auto-Injector?

Q: My 5-year-old is newly diagnosed with anaphylaxis to soy and peanut. I’m a little nervous about when to use the auto-injector. If a reaction occurs, how do I know if the symptoms are serious enough to use it? e.g. would he need to be wheezing?  Dr. Sharma: Dealing with a new diagnosis of a food […]

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Survey Finds Many Unprepared for Anaphylaxis

Media Release / Sanofi Canada / Nov. 1, 2012 According to a new 2012 Leger Marketing survey commissioned by Sanofi Canada, an alarming number of Canadians at risk of anaphylaxis do NOT always carry or have immediate access to an epinephrine auto-injector. And many are uncertain about how to correctly use the device. Low level […]

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Majority Not Carrying An Auto-Injector for Allergy

An alarming 63 percent of adults at risk of anaphylaxis do not always carry an auto-injector with them.

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