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Ask the Allergist: Living with Wasp Sting Allergy

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Food Allergy Tips: Talking to School Officials

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Six that Save Lives Poster, Slideshow

Bonus: Click below to download our free eduacational poster for anaphylaxis:

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Advice on: Substituting Cream in Dessert Recipes

My go-to substitute for heavy cream in sweet recipes is coconut cream. Despite the name, coconut cream contains no dairy. It’s made purely from puréed coconut, but has a rich, creamy texture. Like dairy cream, coconut cream is high in saturated fat, allowing it to solidify at cooler temperatures. Thus, coconut cream can be whipped, […]

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Poison Ivy Allergy: What You Need to Know

If your mother always said: “leaves of three, let it be,” she knew what she was talking about. Direct skin contact with poison ivy is a common cause of allergic contact dermatitis, which manifests as a rash that can be agonizingly itchy and long-lasting. Some essential facts about poison ivy and poison oak rashes: • […]

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Allergic Living’s Guide to Smart Dining with Food Allergies

In a few short years, there have been huge strides in restaurant awareness of allergies and intolerances. Welcome to the brand new era of dining out safely.

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Hidden Other

Allergen Where It Hides Alternate Names Other Foods Corn: alcohol artificial flavorings and sweeteners (like aspartame and xylitol) baking powder confectioner’s sugar (corn starch) margarine Olestra/Olean cooking oil May contain corn (not always): acetic acid citric acid alpha tocopherol ascorbates ascorbic acid dextrose (also found in IV solutions in hospitals) fumaric acid gluconate glucose glycerol […]

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Hidden Sulphites

Allergen Where It Hides Alternate Names Sulphites alcoholic and non-alcoholic beer and cider vinegar and wine vinegar wine baked goods with dried fruits bottled lemon/lime juices canned/frozen fruits, vegetables cereal, cornmeal, cornstarch, crackers condiments: horseradish, ketchup, mustard, pickles, relish and sauerkraut dehydrated potatoes, and frozen French fries dried fruits and vegetables, e.g. apricots, raisins, sweet […]

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Hidden Soy, Legumes, Sesame and Other Seeds

Allergen Where It Hides Alternate Names Soy/Legumes baked goods, bread, cookies cereals, crackers canned goods chewing gum imitation dairy food (imitation cheese, imitation milk, imitation ice cream) infant formula margarine mayonnaise, other spreads, dips meal replacements meat products with fillers (e.g. burgers); deli meats miso nutrition supplements (check labels; many companies are now making and […]

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Hidden Fruits, Vegetables

Allergen Where It Hides Alternate Names Fruits, Vegetables (Oral allergy syndrome or IgE-mediated allergy) flavorings and spices colorings salads (may contain raw fruit or vegetables) spreads yogurts natural rubber latex (latex-fruit syndrome links fruits and vegetables to latex, a serious allergen) flavoring, natural/artificial flavoring color, natural/artificial color   Sources: -ImmunoCAP -Canadian Food Inspection Agency

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