By: Gina Clowes, National Director, Training and Community Outreach I watched in horror as hives and welts crawled up the side of my (then) two year-old son’s face. I had snacked on a granola bar that contained milk and nuts while out running errands. When I returned home, I kissed his little face as I… Continue reading Anaphylaxis Aftermath: 10 Important Steps to Take After an Allergic Reaction
Adults and teens with food allergies should be aware that allergic reactions to food allergens via kissing are relatively common. Proteins can transfer between mouths, especially if your partner has recently consumed your allergen. It may not be romantic, but there are some precautions that need to be taken to avoid reactions from kissing. The Kissing… Continue reading Kissing Can Cause Allergic Reactions
Your home should be your “safe space” — the place where you and your family can be most relaxed, knowing that you’ve minimized the risk of ingesting harmful allergens. Cleaning is a valuable strategy in preventing exposure to allergens. Some food proteins are stubbornly resistant and do not break down over time. In a 2013… Continue reading How to Clean to Remove Food Allergens
FARE recommends allowing your epinephrine auto-injectors to pass through the x-ray machines and security scanners used to screen carry-on luggage in airport security. While there is limited research on this topic, after searching the published medical literature, FARE does not believe any scientific evidence exists that indicates a risk to the effectiveness of the medication, due… Continue reading Can Epinephrine Auto-Injectors Go Through an Airport X-Ray Machine?
Given the life-threatening nature of severe allergic reactions, it is critical that patients and caregivers be trained in the proper use of auto-injectors. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made updates to the patient instructions for epinephrine auto-injectors. Please note that there are no changes being made to the devices themselves. The updates… Continue reading Updates to Instructions for Use of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
The introduction of peanuts to infants at risk for developing a peanut allergy does not have a negative impact on growth or nutrition, nor does it affect the duration of breastfeeding, according to new findings published online June 10 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. In this study, funded by the National Institute… Continue reading Researchers: Peanut Allergy Prevention Strategy Resulting from LEAP Study is Nutritionally Safe
Without the schedule and structure of the school year, summer can be a time of heightened risk for those with food allergies. It’s easy to forget something when you’re racing out the door to swim practice or a family picnic. Print and post this new checklist from FARE around your home to help you remember your… Continue reading 5 Things to Remember Before Leaving the House with Food Allergies [Free Printable Checklist]