The general public has some big misunderstanding about food allergies, according to a study that surveyed 2,000 Americans in February 2008. Dr. Ruchi Gupta, lead author on the study from Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, is concerned about the public’s belief of how food allergies can be treated: almost half thought there was a cure,… Read more »
Even my own brother-in-law does not have an auto-injector despite his many food allergies, including peanuts and tree nuts. The first time he got one was when he began dating my sister in 1989. She said: “You have to have an EpiPen.” Today, Sean Randall, a 43-year-old artist, thinks it’s in a drawer somewhere. I… Read more »
From the Allergic Living archives. It was a week so harrowing that Michelle Wilson can have trouble remembering which child reacted first. For the mother from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, the anxiety began on the first birthday for younger daughter Paige. The family was celebrating over ice cream when the child’s head began to swell. “It… Read more »
Teenagers with allergies learn to ask questions before they kiss – and avoid a romance-spoiling reaction.
More kids have food allergies today than 10 years ago, and a large number are landing in hospital because of them, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Three million U.S. children, or 4 per cent, now have food allergies, an 18 per cent jump in a… Read more »
Three sets of parents who cope well with allergies reveal their family secrets to “managing” allergies.
It’s a source of extreme frustration when family members don’t grasp the seriousness of food allergies.
From the Allergic Living archives. First published in the magazine in 2010. It started out as a medical mystery that had meat lovers scratching their bodies and allergists scratching their heads. Emergency physicians and allergists in the southeastern United States began seeing hunters and outdoor enthusiasts with no previous allergy history who were going into… Read more »
From blogs to the press to esteemed medical journals, those who support anaphylaxis policies in schools are being branded as “hysterical” or “fearful” or even needing to “feel special”. Exceptional anxiety is portrayed as the rule. AL bites into: why critics love to hate food allergy.
The failure to recognize anaphylaxis episodes when they occur is becoming an increasingly important issue as these life-threatening reactions become more common, says Dr. Estelle Simons. “There’s this paradox. Despite anaphylaxis becoming more common, it is under-recognized,” the allergist and clinical researcher explained to Allergic Living. “The reason is: it’s not so easy to recognize.”… Read more »