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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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It’s Off (Gulp) to Kindergarten

The start of kindergarten is bittersweet for most parents. On one hand, we’re excited for the new experiences that await our youngsters as they begin their school careers; at the same time, we mourn the passing of the baby years. How quickly they grow up. While our first-born child, Julian, is now in university, I […]

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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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Planet Allergy: Climate Change Fuels Allergies

Wasp sting reactions in Alaska, wildfire pollution, unprecedented mold levels and robust ragweed simply everywhere. Our increasingly warm Earth is a giant hothouse for allergy and asthma triggers that are evolving and expanding. Acting on global warming will not only save our planet – it will spare human health. -From the Summer 2009 edition of […]

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Flying Allergic

Flying Allergic

Published in Allergic Living Winter 2009. It was a flight that Paige Humphreys and her family looked forward to every winter: from chilly Edmonton to Vancouver, Vancouver to sunny Maui. Along with the sunscreen and bathing suits, Humphreys, who has a severe allergy to tree nuts, diligently packed her own snacks as well as two Twinjects, and […]

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Sulfite 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 11 food groups that cause the most frequent and severe allergic reactions. Eight of the names will be familiar to most North Americans: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish and […]

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