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What causes hives to appear in a food-allergic reaction?

Q: Why do we get hives in a food-allergic reaction? And will they always appear?  Dr. Sicherer: Hives, also called urticaria, develop when allergy cells in the skin release chemicals, including histamine, that cause localized swelling, redness and itching. The response looks like a series of mosquito bites, often across an expanse of skin, but various […]

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After Anaphylaxis

Emotional wounds heal like physical ones when given the proper time and attention. That candy made my mouth feel funny,” said my 6-year old, Daniel. With a look of worry, he handed me the wrapper from a mini package of chewy candies. The next 15 minutes were a blur as I injected him with epinephrine and we sped to the emergency room […]

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How Do I Know When to Use My 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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Profile: TV’s Nanny Jo Frost on Her Allergies

Parenting expert and supernanny Jo Frost on why her allergies require discipline.

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Emergency Allergy Training Course Launched

New course fills an important educational gap by providing clear instructions for what steps to take if witnessing an anaphylactic reaction.

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A Family of Four Squeezes into the Honeymoon Suite

A family of four squeezes into a beachfront suite for their allergy-friendly vacation.

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How Does Epinephrine Turn Off an Allergic Reaction?

Q. How does epinephrine turn off an anaphylactic reaction? This seems rather amazing, since anaphylaxis affects so many body systems. Dr. Sharma:  The ability of epinephrine to treat the many signs of anaphylaxis is rather amazing. It acts on a number of receptors in the body to exert its effects. First, it causes constriction, or […]

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Tragic Spring: 3 Food Allergy-Related Deaths

We’re saddened to report that three young people have died from anaphylactic reactions in the past two months.

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Canadian Parliament to Debate Anaphylaxis Motion

The Canadian parliament is scheduled to vote on a motion that could pave the way for increased awareness, meaningful policies and laws surrounding food allergy and anaphylaxis. “With Motion M-230, we want to look at how we can help coordinate a thoughtful government response to anaphylaxis, to raise public understanding of life threatening allergies, and […]

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Living Well with Food Allergy: Putting Risks and Fears into Perspective

The New York Times Magazine published an article last month called “The Allergy Buster” that has generated much discussion about food allergy and excitement for potential treatments under study.

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