The FARE College Food Allergy Program, which originally included a dozen schools, was introduced in 2014 with the goal of providing students with food allergies a safer college experience. Now, 13 additional colleges have joined the program, broadening the reach of this national initiative. Since the launch of the program, FARE has: Released the “Pilot… Continue reading Colleges Preparing to Better Accommodate Students with Food Allergies
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
Younger brothers and sisters of peanut-allergic children are at higher risk for peanut sensitivity than children in general. However, a Canadian study published in the June 2016 issue of Allergy found that siblings whose peanut allergy tests were negative prior to introduction did not have an allergic response when they ate peanut for the first… Continue reading In Siblings, Peanut Tolerance Is Predicted by Negative Test Results Prior to Introduction
Earlier this month, the Illinois State Board of Education released data on the use of undesignated or “stock” epinephrine (i.e. epinephrine not prescribed for a specific child) in Illinois schools for the 2014-2015 school year. Illinois school districts, public schools, and nonpublic schools are allowed to maintain a supply of undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors and have… Continue reading Illinois Releases Data on Epinephrine Use in Schools
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?
FARE has continued its efforts to improve federal requirements regarding airline policies for passengers with food allergies. These efforts have focused on ensuring the appropriate labeling for use and accessibility of epinephrine on planes, including epinephrine auto-injectors; the consistency and accessibility of airline policies regarding food allergies; and the collection of data on incidents of… Continue reading FARE Continues to Push for Safer Air Travel